The Department of Sociology
The Department of Sociology blends the academic with the practical. Students are instructed in the major sociological theories underlying social life and society and are provided opportunities to apply this knowledge hands-on in the community.
The Sociology Department is committed to preparing students for careers in human services and criminal justice, as well as for admission to graduate programs in Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology.
What makes us stand out?
Students complete one or more semester-long internships in a community agency specializing either in human services or criminal justice.
The internships are designed to provide marketable skills and experiences that enhance employment and graduate school possibilities.
Sociology graduates are employed in a wide variety of human service and criminal justice work settings.
- Colorado State Trooper
- Child Protective Services Caseworker
- Family Preservation Specialist
- Probation Officer
- Local Law Enforcement Officer
- Corrections Counselor
- Social Services Coordinator for the Elderly
- Administrative Liaison for Children and Families
- Forensic Social Worker
- Community Corrections Officer
- Caseworker for Troubled Youth
- Victim's Advocate
What our Alumni say about their Careers
"Everyday is different. Some days can be quiet. Some days are busy. I never know what to expect. I get to interact with many different kinds of people."
Emily Lopez -
2003 Graduate - Major in Sociology
Sergeant for the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office
"My respect for teaching has increased exponentially since I have been in Korea."Andrew Abdulla - 2009 Graduate - Major in Sociology & History
Teacher in South Korea
"I enjoy helping the elderly. They’re like the unforgotten generation. I went back to school to get my chaplaincy degree, and I am also now the chaplain of the facility, and that is my passion."
- 1997 Graduate - Major in Sociology,
Minor in Psychology
Social Service Director and Chaplain for the San Luis Care Center