Sociology at Pacific University examines the relationship between individuals and historical, cultural and social forces, such as social class, race, ethnicity, gender, social values and subcultures. Students learn the important theoretical constructs of the discipline, as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Program Highlights

  • Take advantage of a wide range of research opportunities to incorporate theory and skills in a real-world setting
  • Focus on how to exercise sociological imagination — observing the relationship between individuals and social forces
  • Take courses such as globalization, family, race, religion, social inequality, social problems, medicine, deviance, crime, gender and sexuality
  • Work with faculty and students in an interdisciplinary department including anthropology, social work, international studies, peace and social justice, and comparative religions


Coursework includes classes such as Inequality and Identity, Deviance, and Criminology. Students will spend their time at Pacific exploring classes about a number of minority and cultural groups from a contemporary and historical perspective.


Graduates of the sociology program at Pacific University gain the analytical perspective for understanding human social and cultural existence. This base of knowledge can be applied across a vibrant spectrum of professional fields. Many graduates attend some of the country’s top graduate schools to become professional sociologists. Others go on to graduate programs outside sociology. You will find graduates teaching and working in government offices, private industry and international settings. Recent graduates are now professors, police officers, researchers, teachers, social workers, business managers, and international aid and education workers.