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Sociology students with Dr. Erik Olin Wright, American Sociological Association President

Welcome to the Sociology Program at TAMIU!

Welcome! Located in the vibrant cultural mix of the Border Region, the Sociology Program is part of the Public Affairs and Social Research Department at TAMIU and is an ideal place to study cultural and social change. The Laredo Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 270,381 and is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. Our program focuses of teaching students about the ways cultures mix, change, and develop.

Program Mission:

The mission of the Sociology Program at TAMIU is to provide our students with the theoretical, empirical and substantive knowledge in the discipline, to provide them with a diversity of approaches, and to instill in them a desire for lifelong learning. 

The Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Sociology are designed to support the mission of the university by:

  • increasing our students' ability to communicate through the use of the written and spoken word;
  • develop their appreciation of culture and social integration; and
  • develop their sense of self-realization.

Learning Outcomes:

The sociology curriculum contributes to the following student learning outcomes:

  • Students will be able to characterize the sources of social, cultural, political and economic diversity.
  • Students will apply the knowledge and analytical tools to understand and assess rapid changes in the social, political, technological, cultural and economic spheres of life.
  • Students will develop critical analytical skills for the social scientific method as a tool for understanding social problems and providing solutions to those problems.
  • Students will synthesize their own interdisciplinary vision for the future by becoming involved citizens prepared to address the problems we face both locally and globally.

Our Programs:

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is a 120 credit hour degree program that introduces you to the fundamental foundations of sociology. You can complete your degree by taking courses on campus or online. Graduates from our program find employment in social service, education, non-profit and public service agencies.

The Master of Arts in Sociology is designed to prepare you to actively participate in the development of applied knowledge and policy responses to contemporary social problems. A focus is placed on sociological theory and social science research. You may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis degree.

Our Faculty:

Department faculty have a wide range of teaching and research interests. We routinely apply our research expertise to a broad range of local, state, national and international issues and emerging challenges.


2012 News:

  • Dr. Erik Olin Wright, President of the American Sociological Associated, visted our campus and spoke with our faculty and students.


For more information contact:
Gloria Villagran, Department Staff Assistant
Department of Public Affairs and Social Research
Canseco Hall 301 / (956) 326-2475





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