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Sociology and Political Science

The Sociology and Political Science Department is looking for students who want to make a difference in tomorrow's world and make its society a better place!

The Department of Sociology and Political Science has the primary mission of offering strong academic programs in sociology, criminal justice, social work, political science, and philosophy. We provide students with a quality liberal arts education that prepares them for a rapidly changing world and a variety of work environments and post-graduate educational possibilities. Students are educated not only to master a diverse body of knowledge but also how to think critically, analyze data, and clearly communicate what they know and discover. Recognizing that we live in an increasingly technological and diverse world, we seek to incorporate technological expertise and appreciation of human diversity into our courses. The department also strives to serve the wider university, the Upper Cumberland region, and the nation through research and public service.

develop skills for competing in the 21st century job market


Josiah Kidwell, sociology major, at MSSA Annual Conference Majors Participating in a Service-Learning,
Music & Memory Project

High expectations are the norm in the Sociology and Political Science Department. Students can expect an exceptional background of critical information. The Department prepare them to think critically, analyze data, and communicate clearly. Graduates are equipped for success in many professions. We aim to work with students to help them prepare themselves professionally and personally for a productive career upon graduation. To prepare our students for a highly competitive job market, we provide opportunities for them to intern with any of a number of highly-regarded local, regional, and national agencies, participate in and present their research at professional conferences and symposiums, work with faculty directly through independent studies to provide focus professional development, and participate in service-learning project within the community.

Find Personalization and specialization


Josiah Kidwell, sociology major, at MSSA Annual ConferenceSociology Major Presenting Research
at a Regional Professional Conference

The Department of Sociology and Political Science is staffed with a faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and prepared to serve the needs of students through traditional instruction on campus and through non-traditional instruction methods by participating in the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). The Department has faculty available to assist students in any professional capacity in their pursuit of higher education and beyond. Students benefit from specialized programs and individualized attention designed to help them identify and prepare for a career upon graduation. Our faculty are committed to student success by mentoring students within the classroom, through major advising, and through one-on-one, personalized attention.

Prepare to Work


Josiah Kidwell, sociology major, at MSSA Annual Conference '13 graduate, currently Admissions & Marketing Director at a Care & Rehabilitation Center

The Sociology and Political Science Department opens avenues for students in a wide range of fields and career paths. Graduates have used their degree to jump start careers in social work, politics, state and local government, international relations, criminal justice, as well as to prepare them for graduate school. Many of our majors have attended law school and pursued advanced degrees in sociology and political science. Students are immersed in classroom lectures and training, and internship opportunities are also abundant in fields related to sociology, criminal justice, social work, and political science.