Dr. Elizabeth C.W. Lyman, Chairperson
The Department of Sociology promotes a challenging atmosphere in which students are encouraged to recognize, understand, and think critically about social processes, issues, and cultural diversity. Through rigorous coursework, the program teaches students how to gather, analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative data. Through research-in-service and internships students learn how to apply their knowledge and skills to problems and needs in businesses, organizations, and communities. A central part of our mission is to provide opportunities for independent student research as well as faculty and student collaborative research. We teach from the philosophy that active engagement in real-world research enhances employment opportunities and opens doors to graduate school. The department engages in sound career planning and preparation with each major.
The department offers the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree program in Sociology.
Program in Public Sociology
Students who complete the Sociology Major with the requisite courses in SOCY 110 (Introduction to Sociology), and either SOCY 493 (Practicum in Sociology) or SOCY 499 (Internship), also will be completing a Program in Public Sociology that has been accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS).
In Sociology, the department currently offers a departmental honors program. For a general description of the Honors Academy at Radford, see here . For specific requirements of the departmental honors program, contact the department chairperson or the director of the Honors Academy.
Women’s and Gender Studies
Dr. Sarah L. Hastings, Director
For more information about the Minor in Women’s Studies, see here .