College of Liberal Arts: Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies

Welcome to the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies!

The Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies helps student combine discipline knowledge at the local, national, and global level with practical training through service learning and practicum experiences. In small, personalized classes, we provide students with the opportunity to engage in rigorous problem solving activities using traditional and new technological approaches to our disciplines. Further, students have the opportunity to support the health and wellness of their communities through studying mental health and addiction issues. Helping students transform and expand their knowledge base is a goal encouraged by all faculty.

Our graduates are prepared to become leaders in a variety of fields. Sociology majors may enter research, community organizing,  public administration fields or pursue a graduate education in a variety of disciplines.

In addition to a number of interesting core courses which give students a strong foundation in research, theory, and methods, we offer a bachelor's degree in Sociology with specialized concentrations in Human Services and Substance Abuse Studies. We are also pleased to offer two new degrees, a master's in Substance Abuse Studies and a master's in Gerontology.

Those students with concentrations in human services are well suited for positions as generalist social service workers or prepared for graduate education in behavioral science/human service fields like social work, counseling, and gerontology. Finally, those students who focus on substance abuse studies are prepared to work in the fields of substance abuse prevention and treatment, and to become licensed drug and alcohol counselors (LADCs.)  as well as go on to pursue our new degree, a Master's in Substance Abuse Studies.

As the only gerontology master's program in the state, offers students flexible, early evening classes along with an option to either write a thesis or complete practicum experiences.

We encourage you to browse through our departmental and college websites to learn more about the opportunities available to you as a Sociology, Gerontology, or Substance Abuse Studies major. Academic clubs such as TADCA (Tomorrow's Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America) and Sociology Club and experiences such as a field studies, service learning, or the opportunity to present your work at the Liberal Arts Symposium, in addition to challenging classes, fascinating guest speakers, and more are all available for our majors.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies is to develop students’ recognition that human beings are participants in and creators of social and cultural institutions. Through transformative learning experiences, faculty encourage the intellectual and ethical growth of students in and out of the classroom. The department’s programs prepare graduates to be fully-engaged, productive, critical-thinking citizens of our local and global communities.

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