The faculty of the Department of Sociology are committed to the democratic belief in the power of scientific reason to solve human social problems. As a faculty, we believe that an ability to think critically about public affairs is one of the marks of an educated person and a key to the resolution of many important problems. Consistent with these beliefs and commitments, the faculty’s primary aims are to provide high quality teaching, research, and public service in social science.
The degree programs administered by the Department of Sociology are central to the State Board of Education’s mandate that Boise State University be the lead institution in social sciences and public affairs. Departmental programs include five baccalaureate degrees, one associate of arts degree in social science, and three minors. Faculty also participate in the following interdisciplinary studies programs: gender studies, Canadian studies, a gerontology minor, and the master of interdisciplinary studies degree program.