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Sociology invites us to examine aspects of the social environment that we often ignore, neglect or take for granted. This examination enables us to achieve a better grasp of how society is organized, where power lies, what beliefs channel our behavior, and how societies have evolved over time. The sociological imagination equips us with a special form of consciousness that gives us a better understanding of the social and cultural forces we confront, especially those that constrain us and free us, and how they relate to large scale social structures.

By looking at social and cultural arrangements in imaginative and fresh ways, we gain a new vision of the social experience. We find that the society into which we are born and the culture transmitted to us shape our identities, personalities, emotions, thought processes and fortunes in countless ways.

As majors in sociology at Rockford University, students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in criminal justice or general sociology. In each concentration, the all-university and collegial requirements ensure a strong liberal arts foundation for a more specialized program of study. Students who pursue the criminal justice concentration have a wide range of academic internship opportunities to work for a semester in an agency or organization in the community, and earn credits toward graduation.

At Rockford University, students of sociology learn to recognize and understand the various forms of social organization and social change processes in American society and in other societies around the world. They study various theories of societal organization and change while developing the ability to apply different theoretical approaches to the study of contemporary societies and problems. Students develop a working understanding of the methods of social scientific research, in both qualitative and quantitative forms and learn how sociology has an important role in policy formulation.‌

‌Our goal is to provide a curricular experience that equips our graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed in graduate and professional schools, and in positions in the private and public sectors. In addition, we seek to provide our students with the necessary knowledge, skills and commitments to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners. We are committed to helping students understand and accept diversity, to be aware of social problems in our own and other cultures, and to understand the effects of social change on society.

Department Information


5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5171
Lynn Newhart, Ph.D.