Sociology is the systematic and scientific study of society and social behavior. The sociologist looks beyond individual and unique events to the predictable broad patterns and regular occurrences of social life that influence individuals, especially gender, race/ethnicity, and social class/inequality. This is the sociological imagination. Courses in sociology focus on the forms of social organization and social processes in our own and other cultures, and on the theoretical approaches sociologists use to understand them.
These courses contribute to students' ability to think critically and act responsibly in a complex and rapidly changing world. Sociology provides students with the tools to examine the social and cultural dimensions of mass society and to analyze social justice issues. Sociology courses are required for a number of majors; many courses fulfill General Education Pathways requirements.
Department Chair: Gerald Henkel-Johnson, Psy. D.
Major: None. Minor: None.
Sister Edith Bogue, Ph.D., I am passionate about the sociology of religion and family sociology. My research involves analyzing large national survey data sets. I'm something of a social science generalist, so I follow issues of the environment, social and economic inequality, and vulnerable populations including people with disabilities and the unborn.
During Fall Semester 2013, I'll be developing two new 2-credit courses using data visualization to teach statistics. I will be upgrading my own skills so that I can pass along these key skills for quantitative thinking that are so much in demend in the workforce.
I teach Statistics (PSY 3331), The Family and Society (SOC 2433), and General Sociology (SOC 1125) frequently and Topics courses for Sociology and Honors as often as possible (People with Disabilities, Global Sociology, Conspicuous Consumption, Environmental Sociology, The Death Penalty). Sociologists are curious about just about any social phenomenon; that curiosity guides all my academic endeavors.
I am a member of the Benedictine community of St. Scholastica Monastery, where I direct theOblate Program for lay people who live their daily lives according to Benedictine spirituality. I also serve as President of the Advisory Board of the Duluth Public Library. In my spare time, I enjoy blogging, photography, and quiet contemplation.
Janice Crede, Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor. I earned my B.S in Human Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, my M.Ed. in the Tribal Cohort program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and my Ph.D. in Sustainability Education at Prescott College, focusing on the social aspects of sustainability.