Welcome to the Department of Sociology. All of us, no matter our gender, color, creed or economic "worth," are—in the eyes of sociologists—small players in a large and complex world. Only by extending our limited perspectives beyond our personal lives can we begin to understand—and perhaps change—the social forces that define and constrain us.
We like to call this understanding the "sociological imagination." It is at the heart of what sociology has to offer our students.
What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of our social behaviors, our interactions with each other, and the ways we socially organize these behaviors and interactions. Because we all live in social worlds, we are constantly attempting to understand them. The goal of sociology is to make our everyday knowledge of these worlds more systematic and precise.
Sociology at Pacific
Our sociology majors are expected to involve themselves in some "experiential work" - usually off-campus - where they intern or work with others who are doing sociology as their life work. This gives our program an added dimension that many larger programs cannot provide. Not only do our students learn what sociology is, but they actually get involved in doing it themselves as a part of their major program.
Our students are very active in campus and community organizations, enriching their experience as sociology majors. The department works closely with other organizations and programs, such as the Gender and Ethnic Studies programs.