The Sociology Department is committed to forming students who are able to address social problems and institutions through critical thinking and scientific analysis. What makes a society? How do social influences affect the individual? What are the sources of social problems and how can they be fought? These are some of the questions sociology asks. Students in sociology must accumulate a vast amount of knowledge about history, economics, political science, psychology, and even biology in order to understand societal structures and social behaviors. By bringing research in all of these areas to bear on sociological issues, students in the sociology department are able to understand gain insight into issues as broad as the population and as specific as social maladjustment in the individual.