The Sociology Program


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

Located in the vibrant cultural mix of the Border Region, the Sociology Program is part of the Department of Social Sciences at TAMIU and is an ideal place to study cultural and social change. The Laredo Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 263,359 and is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. Our program focuses of teaching students about the ways cultures mix, change, and develop.

Our 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.

Our Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: a 120 credit hour degree program that introduces students to the fundamental foundations of sociology. Students can complete the degree by taking courses on campus or online. Graduates from our program find employment in social service, education, non-profit and public service agencies.
  • Master of Arts in Sociology: designed to prepare students 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. Students 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.


Sociology Program News & Events


Dr. Marcus Ynalvez

  • Dr. Marcus Antonius Ynalvez, Associate Professor of Sociology, attended the 8-week intensive training in advanced quantitative methods at the prestigious summer program of the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR) held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from June 23 - August 15, 2014. The core courses he attended -- with evaluation -- were: Advanced Regression (Regression III), Applied Longitudinal Analysis, Applied Multilevel Analysis, and Maximum Likelihood Estimation (the flagship course). His attendance to the ICPSR training was made possible by a University Research Grant and additional funding from the College of Arts and Sciences. The training that Dr. Ynalvez received will help enhance the research capability at the Department Social Sciences.


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


Department of Social Sciences
5201 University Boulevard, Academic Innovation Center 313, Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Phone: 956-326-2475 E-mail: norma.arenal@tamiu.edu