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).

The Fort Lewis College Department of Sociology is unique among sociology departments nationally because all our teachers strategically and deliberately foster a liberatory educational experience grounded in social justice/social activism. This empowering, active, reflective approach nurtures the mind, body, soul, and collective.

Program options and requirements

Collaborative Sociology/Criminology Minors