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.