Sociology & Human Services

Rebecca Clausen, Sociology, teaching class in the amphitheater

Why Study Sociology

Sociology seeks to explore how our individual and collective biographies intersect history within society. The relationships between social structure and individual consciousness, historical processes and everyday life,  and collective interests and individual prerogatives provide the sociological substance by which we become self-conscious. It is through the study of sociology that we learn how our lives and ideas are shaped by the larger social world. Additionally, sociology helps us recognize how we participate in the construction of the social world. In order to cultivate critical consciousness and active participation in processes of development and change in society, the Sociology and Human Services curriculum is organized to facilitate the integration of theory (reflection) and practice (action).

Why Study Sociology at Fort Lewis College

At Fort Lewis College, you can work for change while you're in school. In the Sociology & Human Services program, you'll learn to think critically about the world you live in and the daily events you read about in the news. It is through the study of sociology that we learn how our lives and ideas are shaped by the larger social world. Additionally, sociology helps us recognize how we participate in the construction of the social world. You'll also find ways to work for the welfare of others and to create change. And you won't just be learning how to do this from books: You'll be in the community making it happen. The experiences you gain through Block Internship, Mexico, Community Services, and Service Learning programs will help you find meaningful employment or get admitted into graduate school.

Sociology majors complete a common core of Sociology classes which incorporate theory, writing, and service learning courses. Students are also able to choose from a variety of classes that emphasize their interests. Throughout your studies, our small classes also mean you get an individualized education from our expert faculty. Because our faculty's focus is on teaching, they work closely with their students, taking pride in keeping their office doors open, being involved in their students' progress, and tailoring their assistance to each learner's needs.

Academic Options in Sociology