Department of Sociology

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What We Do

“The fascination of sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived all our lives.” – Peter Berger

Contact Information
Department Chair

Mikaila Arthur


Cynthia Kirchner
Higher Education Administration Assistant I

Our students develop and apply knowledge, skills, conceptual understanding and values to solve real-world problems.

The Department of Sociology administers three programs: the sociology major, the justice studies major and the gerontology minor. Because of considerable overlap in course requirements across the sociology, justice studies and gerontology curricula, many students are able to pursue a double major or combine a major in one program with a minor in another.​​


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Rhode Island College is an exclusive member of the Common Application. All students applying for undergraduate admission must complete the Common Application​. This includes freshmen, transfers, second degree students, readmits and international applicants.

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