2019-20 graduate student awards

Several sociology graduate students earned significant awards and have been honored for their achievements throughout 2019-20. 

Important information regarding academic advising effective March 16, 2020

By now you have received communication from President Montgomery regarding the university's response to the COVID 19 outbreak facing the State of Michigan.  WMU is not closing. We are open to serve and support your advising needs. However, we will not be able to take physical appointments in the Sociology Department, starting Monday, March 16, 2020 until at least April 3, 2020.  This includes drop-ins and face-to-face appointments. Susan Standish will continue to serve you via email and phone.

The best way to contact Susan is by clicking her name above, or via email at It is always helpful to include your Win # in the correspondence. You can also call Susan at (269) 387-5286 and if you leave a message she will call you back.  As always, for more information, visit, email or call (269) 387-8400. 

Fall 2019 issue of "The Socializer"

Western Michigan University is flexible and responsive to the ever-changing demands of the world. To meet the needs of society, WMU investigates, develops and produces new knowledge; contributes to technological and economic advancement; and elevates the human condition through community outreach and engaged scholarship.

Read the Fall 2019 issue of "The Socializer"



Interested in sociology or criminal justice? The Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University offers programs in criminal justice and sociology.

  • Criminal justice students study the components of the justice system and its assumptions and implications for society.
  • Internships are often available and many interns pursue careers in the justice system.
  • Sociology students study a somewhat broader range of institutions—educational, political, medical, religious and others—and problems including poverty, inequality, racism, sexism and economic dislocation.
  • Both majors share a set of core methods and theories and both seek to understand the interdependencies of individuals, families, social groups and normative and regulatory systems in a society. Increasingly, this is done cross-nationally and cross-culturally as well as in direct examination of global systems of interdependence.

Graduate programs stressing both theory and method include master's and doctoral programs. Check out our new accelerated M.A. program!

WMU embraces collaboration and leverages resources to offer academic programs that are responsive to the needs of all students and society.