Sociology: Studying People, Society & Cultures


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.


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.


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. Alumni Day 2020 »


    Two panels serve up valuable advice on graduate school and career paths

  2. Radford Sociology in AACS News »


    Radford Sociology wins William Julius Wilson Award

  3. COVID-19 Expert Panel Series »


    Dr. Prince and Dr. Wisecup appear as part of the COVID-19 panel series.

  4. Dr. Bodenhamer Publishes on Black Lung »




    Dr. Bodenhamer publishes on Black Lung

  5. Statement of Solidarity and Action »


    Department of Sociology Statement on Black Lives Matter

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


    ASA Issues Statement on Police Killing of George Floyd


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).