Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada

Welcome to Sociology

Dr. Jim Richardson with Dr. Solange Lefebvre of the University of Montreal, Canada, and James Beckford, Emeritus Professor of Warwick University, England at the New Forms of Public Religion Conference, Cambridge, England, September, 2012.

Dr. Johnson W. Makoba is participating in the FOCCAS Uganda women’s microfinance group session in eastern Uganda.

Dr. Johnson W. Makoba, MA Thesis Advisor for Christopher Cook who received his Master’s Degree in May 2012

Dr. Mariah Evans, Associate Professor, led a 20-year study which showed parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain.

Dr. Marta Elliott drafting a research proposal while riding a bus in Vietnam.

From left to right, front row – Dr. Johnson W. Makoba, Dr. G. William Domhoff (keynote speaker, April 30, 2012). Back row – Dr. Markus Kemmelmeier, Dr. Karl Kreplin (Adjunct Faculty), Dr. Clayton Peoples, Dr. Lyle Warner, Emeritus.

Left to right – Dr. Johnson W. Makoba, Dr. Markus Kemmelmeier, Dr. Berch Berberoglu, Dr. Mary White Stewart.

Dr. Clayton Peoples, Dr. Markus Kemmelmeier and Dr. Marta Elliott

Dr. Marta Elliott with social psychology doctoral students in a seminar

Dr. Clayton Peoples on the campus of Harvard University, where he recently held a Fellowship in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Prof. Berch Berberoglu with his Turkey Study Abroad Program students in front of the Haghia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.

Foundation Professor Berch Berberoglu, Director of Graduate Studies

Rocio Garcia earned her Master of Arts in Sociology in spring 2012, shown with her thesis advisor, Dr. Mary White Stewart.

Dr. Clayton Peoples engages students in his SOC 207 (Sociological Theory) course.



Sociology is a popular major at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is an appropriate field of study for many students, including those minoring in anthropology, history, political science, economics, journalism, criminal justice, psychology, and business.

The Department of Sociology offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology. The department also participates in an interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree in Social Psychology.

Courses offered by the Sociology Department examine the development of social classes, gender roles, racial prejudices, social analysis of politics, economic structure, the development of modern industrial society, religion, law, and a variety of other issues relevant to the study of society and social structure.

These topics are studied at two different levels: (1) theoretical understanding of major social issues through critical analysis; and (2) practical application of research skills through training in statistics and research methods.

The Department of Sociology has recently become part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies, whose purpose is to facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary social research, especially in social justice and related areas, and to expedite and promote interdisciplinary teaching and development of degree programs among the constituent organizational elements making up the school.