Sociology: Studying People, Society & Cultures

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Michelle Robertson '18

"Sociology makes for a great major because it provides us with the critical thinking we need for everyday life. Sociology is everywhere and can be applied to everything."

Robertson is now a Justice System Navigator at Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley.

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Amanda Burroughs '19

"Sociology is the most useful and versatile major a student can pick. The knowledge and skills you gain from studying Sociology are applicable to many fields and disciplines."

Burroughs is a currently a graduate student in sociology at Virginia Tech.

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Bianca Dickerson '16

"Having a Sociology background made it easier for me to explain social inequality and cultural and social differences. It taught me to be mindful of everyone’s situation."

Dickerson is a Quality and Training Specialist at the Council of Community Services in Roanoke.

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About the Department

It can be said that the first wisdom of Sociology is this--things are not what they seem."

Peter Berger

The difficulty, in Sociology, is to manage to think in a completely astonished and disconcerted way about things you thought you had always understood."

Pierre Bourdieu

Sociology focuses on understanding the social and cultural aspects of human behavior at the local, national and global levels.  At Radford University, we offer a major and minor in Sociology.  See a short ASA-produced video of sociologists speaking on Sociology.

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News & Events

  1. Statement of Solidarity and Action »

    6/6/2020

    Department of Sociology Statement on Black Lives Matter

  2. ASA Issues Statement in Wake of Police Killing of George Floyd »

    6/4/2020

    ASA Issues Statement on Police Killing of George Floyd

  3. Navigating the Pandemic Job Market »

    5/20/2020

    Online panel provides career advice

  4. Graduation 2020 »

    5/9/2020

    Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

  5. Student Engagement Forum 2020 »

    4/21/2020

    Students present their work at the annual Student Engagement Forum

  6. From the Front Porch to the Front Lines »

    2/27/2020

    Dr. Wagner makes Roots with Wings presentation

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The Department of Sociology's Program in Public Sociology is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS).