Department of Sociology

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 offers both 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 Department of Sociology 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: theoretical understanding of major social issues through critical analysis and practical application of research skills through training in statistics and research methods.

The Department of Sociology is 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.

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Bachelor's program

The Department of Sociology offers a B.A. in sociology and a minor program for students interested in examining social classes, political analysis and the development of modern society.

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Graduate program

The Department of Sociology offers a M.A. in sociology and participates in the Ph.D. program in social psychology. Policy research and the study of social relations are closely examined in the master's program.

Department advising

The Department of Sociology is holding virtual office hours. Cheryl Maes is available Monday and Wednesday 12 - 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 1 - 2:30 p.m. Email Cheryl Maes for an appointment.

Advisors in the College of Liberal Arts

There are two types of academic advisors in the College of Liberal Arts: College Advisors and Faculty Advisors. Both types of advisors can assist you with your academic progress in different ways and you are able to meet with both types of advisors.

College advisors

The College advisors, located in the College of Liberal Arts Student Center, are year-round professional staff members whose primary role is academic advisement. College advisors are able to assist all students with a major or minor in liberal arts programs.

A College advisor can be particularly helpful with advising for:

  • New students to the University (incoming freshmen/first-year students and new transfer students)
  • Students changing their major into the College of Liberal Arts from another College/School at the University
  • Questions regarding overall degree framework, including Silver Core Curriculum, foreign language, CLA breadth, or the minor requirements
  • Students on academic probation
  • Pre-graduation evaluations for students nearing the completion of their degree preparing to graduate
  • General advising or exploration of liberal arts majors and minors
  • When faculty advisors are not available (especially during winter or summer breaks)

First-year students generally meet with College advisors prior to their first semester at the University (at summer orientation) and throughout the first year.

Faculty advisors

Each academic department in the College of Liberal Arts has one or more faculty advisors. The faculty advisors are academic faculty members that advise specifically for their department’s major and minor programs. In addition to their roles as instructors and scholars, faculty advisors can serve as mentors to students as they progress through their degree.

It is best to consult with a faculty advisor for:

  • Questions about requirements or course substitutions in a major/minor program
  • Selecting specific major/minor classes to meet your academic or professional interests
  • Graduate and professional school planning
  • Exploring internship and career opportunities related to your program

Students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors on a regular basis, especially after completing the first year of study.

Socializing with Sociologists Series

The Department of Sociology is hosting a weekly series geared towards students. ‚ÄúSocializing with Sociologists‚ÄĚ features a new host each week to discuss current events, help students tackle tough applications, work on mental health and sometimes just to have fun playing games. Please visit the events calendar for full descriptions of individual events with registration information and attendance links. All events for the 2021 season are virtual unless otherwise noted.

Socializing with Sociologists Schedule
Date Time Event Name Featuring Host Department
2/1 5:30 p.m. Socializing with a Sociologist: Zoom Games Vadricka Etienne, Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and Sociology and Marta Elliott, Department Chair; Professor of Sociology Sociology
2/8 5:30 p.m. Improving Health Care Access and Affordability in Nevada: Prospects for State and Federal Reform in 2021 John Packham, Associate Dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives in the School of Medicine Sociology
2/15 5:30 p.m. Mindfulness Meditation Theresa Skaar Sociology
2/22 5:30 p.m. Black Lives Matter and Social Protesting in a Pandemic Prisca Gayles, Assistant Professor of Gender, Race, and Identity and Sociology Sociology
3/1 5:30 p.m. Tracking the Global Pandemic Markus Kemmelmeier, Professor; Director of the Social Psychology Program Sociology
3/8 5:30 p.m. Strategies for Success with Remote Learning Clayton Peoples, Director, School of Social Research and Justice Studies Sociology
3/15 5:30 p.m. Karaoke Jared Bok, Assistant Professor of Sociology Sociology
3/22 5:30 p.m. Appearance and Inequality Kjerstin Gruys, Assistant Professor of Sociology Sociology
3/29 5:30 p.m. Maintaining Health and Well-Being in Social Isolation Marta Elliott, Department Chair; Professor Sociology
4/5 5:30 p.m. Applying to Graduate or Professional School Berch Berberoglu, Foundation Professor of Sociology and Johnson Makoba, Professor of Sociology Sociology
4/12 5:30 p.m. LGBTQ+ Social Justice Issues Nancy Kelley Sociology
4/19 5:30 p.m. Sex and Dating during the Global Pandemic Mariah Evans, Professor of Sociology Sociology
4/26 5:30 p.m. Will You Be the First in Your Family to Earn a University Degree? Tips and Experiences of First-Generation Students Colleen Murray, Professor of Sociology and Jordan Reuter, Lecturer of Sociology Sociology
5/3 5:30 p.m. Careers for Students with BA degrees in Sociology, Cheryl Maes, Undergraduate Sociology Advisor and Marta Elliott, Department Chair; Professor of Sociology Sociology