Most of us have a basic idea about how houses or transportation systems are built, but little knowledge, beyond common sense, about how societies are constructed. Sociology systematically examines the architecture of our social world and our everyday interactions.

Sociology provides a framework to understand how societies and social life in general are created, maintained, and changed. Students of sociology gain an appreciation of why it is that we do things one way, while other cultures do things differently. Topics and issues in Sociology include: family, gender, race and ethnicity, human ecology, community, religion, government, globalization, social problems, social deviance, social welfare, social change and social stratification.

Career Opportunities

    A sociological approach is useful for many fields of study, as well as a variety of occupations. Many sociology students prepare for careers in criminal justice, social services, social research, health care, and other fields with an emphasis in social relationships and social structures.

    Many individuals with training in a social science discipline teach in colleges and universities and in secondary and elementary schools.


Devon Gustafson

Phone: (509) 758-1773

Clarkston Campus 1470 Bridge Street Clarkston, WA 99403


The mission of the Social Sciences Division is to provide opportunities for students to better understand individual and group behavior, and develop skills to explore and analyze past and present society and culture.

Program Outcomes

  • The ability to analyze past and present society, diverse cultures and histories to better understand individual and group behavior and enhance self-awareness.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of the theories, concepts, ideas, terminology, and factual evidence in selected fields within the social sciences.
  • Sensitivity in understanding diverse views and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the historically and socially constructed nature of human differences.