As a Sociology & Human Services student, you’ll explore the complexities of our contemporary, multicultural society through a lens of social and ecological justice, and social activism. Through courses such as Theories of Social and Personal Life, Social Issues – Native Society, and Environmental Sociology, you’ll inquire into the dynamic relationship between society and the individuals who comprise it. How does our collective history affect identity formation? How do our social systems align with or work against our cultural values, and how do individuals experience this? Beyond the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your studies through work in your community in our Block Internship program.
Sociology & Human Services is offered as both a major and a minor; find the details in our course catalog.
Career and Graduate Studies
Graduates who majored in Sociology & Human Services often pursue:
- Masters of Social Work
- Masters in Counseling
- Gender & sexuality studies
- Human services and social work
- Community organizing
- Family services and counseling
- Non-profit management
- Ecological strewardship
Many sociology alumni credit their block internship as the most influential experience of their academic career. The block internship program integrates 15 credits of academic sociology with an intensive community placement in a regional human service agency or grassroots organization. The goal is to integrate academic study into actual work in the community. Each student works closely with an assigned faculty mentor. Students are placed according to their interests in community based non-profit and grassroots organizations whose mission is to address social and/or environmental problems within the Four Corners region. The Sociology department has developed long-term partnerships with approximately 75 regional, community-based organizations that regularly serve as placement sites for participating students.