Texas A&M International University
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

SOCIOLOGY

 

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."

- Fredrick Douglas

"The Sociology department at TAMIU has contributed greatly to my interests and studies of people and society.  My dedicated professors have helped me gain a plethora of knowledge throughout my undergraduate and graduate career at TAMIU."

Lorena Murga's (BA / MA -Sociology, TAMIU)

Sociology Mission Statement

Located in the vibrant cultural mix of the Border Region, TAMIU’s sociology department is an ideal place to study cultural and social change. Laredo has a population of 183, 160 and is the fastest growing city in Texas and the second fastest in the U.S. exposing students to the ways in which cultures mix, change and develop.

Our sociology department seeks to promote historical and critical thinking rooted in social theory by encouraging students to engage in comparative analysis, problem solving, democratic participation and community engagement. As a department we are committed to promoting the issue of SOCIAL JUSTICE and instilling in our students its importance in their own academic and professional development. Key to this process is the application of C. W. Mills’ ‘sociological imagination’, which allows students to see themselves in the context of both their society and the world. The faculty is committed to pursuing these goals in both their undergraduate and graduate classes, as well as devoting time to their professional development.

Why study Sociology?

Sociology aims to analyze and explain our society, accepting that nothing is 'natural'.

As such sociology helps you answer simple and complex questions that you may have about society. For example, ever wonder about the following?

  • Why is there poverty?
  • What causes racism?
  • Why are women paid less than men?
  • How do societies change and why?
  • What rules govern social systems?
  • Why do you believe / think what you do?
  • How have you been socialized?

If you wondered about these questions then sociology may be the major / minor for you! Questions such as these will be answered as you follow our degree program.

A bachelor’s degree in Sociology provides students with a solid set of skills in social analysis, writing and research that can lead to employment in a wide variety of fields such as government, business and industry, the justice system, education and research. In addition, students are also exposed to courses in other areas of the Liberal Arts, complimenting their concentration in sociology.


What can I do with my sociology degree?

A bachelor’s degree in Sociology provides students with a unique set of skills in critical thinking, social analysis, writing and research that can lead to employment in a wide variety of fields such as:

  • Government-city management, community affairs, budget analysis, financial admin.
  • Criminal Justice-corrections, rehabilitation, law enforcment, judiciary
  • Education-teaching, research, administration, placement offices.
  • Business-demography, human resources, management, marketing, sales, consumer reserch.
  • Environment-natural resources, management, policy, sustainability.
  • Non-profit sector-program planning and evaluation, personnel trinaing and development.
  • International Affairs-policy, cross-cultural analysis, health, education.

In addition, students are also exposed to courses in other areas of the Liberal Arts, complimenting their concentration in sociology.

A minor in sociology is also available, acting as a compliment other major programs for those students who have an interest in sociology.

For more infomation about our degree programs go to the following links:

Sociology Faculty

Dr. Cecilia Garza: KL 435 A Phone: 326-2619 email: cgarza@tamiu.edu
Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. John Kilburn: CH 301 Phone 326-2667 email: jckilburn@tamiu.edu
Professor of Sociology

Dr. Judith A. Warner: KL 416C Phone: 326-2623 email: jwarner@tamiu.edu
Professor of Sociology

Dr. Marcus Antonius Ynalvez: CH 312 D Phone: 326-2621 email: mynalvez@tamiu.edu
Assistant Professor of Sociology

For more information contact:

Gloria Villagran, Department Staff Assistant
Department of Behavioral, Applied Sciences and Criminal Justice
Texas A&M International University
5201 University Blvd
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 326 2475

A minor in sociology is also available, acting as a compliment other major programs for those students who have an interest in sociology.

BACHELOR OF ARTS - MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY
http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/ba-soci.shtml

MASTER OF ARTS IN SOCIOLOGY THESIS PLAN
http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/ma-soci-thesis.shtml

MASTER OF ARTS IN SOCIOLOGY NON-THESIS PLAN
http://www.tamiu.edu/catalog/current/ma-soci-nonthesis.shtml

 

Department of Behavioral, Applied Sciences & Criminal Justice
Texas A&M International University
5201 University Blvd
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 326 2475
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