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Our Mission Statement

The Department of Sociology is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service in the best tradition of a liberal arts education. The Department prides itself in providing a quality education to its majors, minors, and graduate students. It is also committed to serving the larger university community by participation in such programs as the Core Curriculum.

Our Objectives

The sociological perspective is inherently critical. It demands of its practitioners that they analyze a complex set of specially relevant issues that are central to an understanding of society and social structures.

This aims at giving our graduates a sound methodological grounding in conducting various types of sociological research. Students are expected to acquire quantitative and interpretative research skills to learn how to select and apply research methods that are suitable for a particular problem of interest.

This seeks to develop in students a sense of social responsibility to the community. The vision of sociology is firmly embedded in a value system based on the principles of social justice and human well-being.

The Department has been a leader in articulating diversity issues and in framing curricular offerings that allow for a critical understanding of cultural and social diversity.

Through participation in the Core Curriculum, the Department is able to improve communication skills of its majors.

sociology was born of the modern ardor to improve society.
AlbionW Small
The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.
Pierre Bourdieu

Our Diversity Statement

In keeping with the official diversity statement of the American Sociological Association, the Department of Sociology is committed to including a diversity of populations, such as people of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, and many more. From social groups affected by ableism to ageism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism, and the intersectionality thereof, sociologists are experts in social inequities and the members of the Department of Sociology at The University of Nevada, Reno are no exception.  A commitment to understanding diversity and social inequality is reflected in our curriculum, research and scholarship as well as outreach activities and service at local, state, national and international levels. Diversity is also reflected in the composition of the faculty and students of sociology. Our faculty includes four men and four women. Three of us are originally from other parts of the world including Turkey, Germany and Uganda and some of us were first-generation college students. Our graduate students are similarly diverse with 50 percent female and 83 percent identifying with minority ethnic groups. Many of our undergraduate students majoring and minoring in sociology are attracted to the discipline because it illuminates their own life experiences as members of a variety of societal groups. In sum, the Department of Sociology at The University of Nevada, Reno reflects a deep commitment to diversity in faculty hiring and student recruitment as well as excellence in teaching, research and outreach activities.

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