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Welcome to the Department of Sociology at Seattle Pacific University. Sociology is the systematic study of groups, how they influence individuals and the effects of their collective interaction.

Sociology courses focus on characteristics of these groups and examine the society that they form. The central premise of sociology is that the individual cannot be understood apart from societal and interpersonal contexts. Therefore, coursework is designed to help students gain perspective on themselves and the world around them through an analysis of social structure and culture.

Students majoring in sociology have secured positions in government, business, industry and private research agencies. Others hold jobs in planning agencies and research departments of city, county, state and federal government and religious organizations, law enforcement agencies, and many other settings. The sociological perspective has also proven invaluable for students entering any of the helping professions. Advanced positions in these areas often require graduate training.

Students desiring to focus on social service are offered courses that provide an overview of theory and skills necessary to enter helping professions which provide desired services to people in need. Many graduates take entry level positions in the areas of child welfare, mental health, gerontology, delinquency and in programs that alleviate poverty. A social service background assists and encourages students to prepare for graduate work, especially in the areas of social work, counseling, teaching or health care professions.

Requirements for Sociology Major
Description and Classes for Sociology Major
Requirements for Sociology Minor
Description and Classes for Sociology Minor

Requirements for Anthropology Minor

(1) Biological Anthropology,

(2) Cultural Anthropology and (3) Linguistics
Description and Classes for Anthropology Minor

Sociology Faculty
Department of Sociology


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