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Sociology, Human Services, and Criminology

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Sociology majors work for change. You will work on social issues in the local community through our engaged internship program. You can address youth mentoring, the environment, immigrant rights, affordable housing, and food justice. You’ll integrate theory and practice, reflection and action. And by graduation, you will understand how our lives and ideas are shaped by society – and vice versa.

Grub Hub, the on-campus food pantry created by Sociology studentsOpportunities

  • Sociology Block Internship Program - You can organize your internship and research project around your own interests. One of our faculty members will serve as your primary mentor for both your community-based work and your academic coursework.
  • Ecology and Society Field School - Explore the relationship between people and the land. For five weeks, you'll visit rural communities in the Four Corners region that are practicing methods of sustainability, subsistence, and community building. You will camp and work alongside your classmates to actively learn the skills necessary to live in a sustainable manner.
  • Sociology Club - As a member, you can help organize events such as guest speakers, film series, and community demonstrations to bring attention to issues of social and environmental justice. One ongoing opportunity within the Sociology Club is the Grub Hub, the food pantry on campus run by students, for students.

Beyond the Degree

Once you graduate, you are qualified for any related graduate program. Earning this degree also leads to careers in such fields as:

  • Community organizing
  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Criminology
  • Family services
  • Grant writing
  • Health services
  • Human services
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law
  • Law enforcement
  • Non-profit management
  • Psychology
  • Public service
  • Social research
  • Social work

For any career, this degree establishes your critical thinking, researching, writing, and speaking abilities. You will gain demonstrable experience working with community professionals and activists, thereby understanding firsthand the issues and forces affecting your world.


Seventy-two percent of recent Sociology graduates are employed in jobs related to Sociology or Criminology, and 40% have pursued graduate degrees.

Our graduates are working with these organizations:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Encompass Health Services
  • Four Winds Recovery Center
  • La Plata Youth Services
  • Manna Soup Kitchen
  • Navajo Nation Division of Social Services
  • New Mexico Department of Corrections
  • Sexual Assault Services Organization
  • The Law Firm of Anderson and Baker
  • The Hopi Tribe

Our graduates have attended these graduate schools:

  • Gonzaga University of Law
  • Law Enforcement Academy
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • Regis University
  • University of Denver
  • University of Washington


“I cannot tell you how prepared Fort Lewis, and in particular the Sociology Department, has made me. For the past year and a half, I have been a Case Manager for an organization called TASC, a program of Peer Assistance Services. We subcontract through the Department of Corrections, providing drug and alcohol treatment services for parolees. I found out about this position due to my internship with parole through the Block Program. The experience I have gained through working at TASC is incredible and I have found much value in the work I've done. I owe my employment success through the contacts and experience I gained through the Block Program, as it allowed me to intern with the Parole Department. I am very thankful for finding direction through the Block Program and overall the Sociology Department.”

- Teresa Snyder, Class of 2014

“After graduating from FLC, I have been employed with the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department's Traditional Culture Program, which is within the Natural Resources Division for the Navajo Nation Government here in Window Rock, Arizona. This position is related to sociology as it pertains to government consultation of any and all federally funded proposals within the Navajo Nation and the Navajo aboriginal land boundaries which extend from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Phoenix, Arizona, to Socorro, New Mexico and into northern Colorado. The Sociology program was instrumental in my development of social-cultural interactions, engagement, and overall perspective of social dynamics within different paradigms and worldviews.”

- Melinda Arviso, Class of 2012

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