About Our Department of Sociology


Sociology is the study of group life. As a social science, it combines scientific perspectives in the study of human groups. It provides tools for understanding how and why our society functions; the impact of social institutions on individual lives; and the challenges of social interaction between individuals and society.

Therefore, sociology provides tools for understanding and building better social relationships. These tools are critical for the workforce in the 21st century. As time has passed, companies have recognized that technological changes have facilitated new training in hard skills for their employees continually, therefore these hard skills are not as significant. Soft skills are.

Examples of soft skills include such things as communication, flexibility, leadership, motivation, patience, persuasion, problem-solving abilities, teamwork, time management, and work ethic. While certain hard skills are necessary for any position, employers increasingly look for job applicants with soft skills. This is because while it is easy for an employer to train a new employee in a particular hard skill (such as how to use a certain computer program), it is much more difficult to train an employee in a soft skill (such as patience). Sociology provides these skills. Our students achieve jobs in all sectors of the economy. Whether it be law, social services, health care, marketing, management, research, and development, or a number of other areas, in the ever-diverse workforce of the 21st century, a degree in Sociology only becomes more and more valuable.

Our Location: Science Hall, Room 286

The Department of Sociology is located in Science Hall, which is on the corner of Williams and Stewart Street on the NMSU campus. Come visit us on the second floor.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm

Closed for lunch from 12 pm to 1 pm

Contact the Admin in Sociology at 575.646.3448 or Zoom 


Physical Address: 

New Mexico State University


Science Hall 286

1290 Frenger Mall

Las Cruces, NM 88003-0001

Mailing Address: 


New Mexico State University

MSC 3WSP PO Box 30001

Las Cruces, NM 88003-1230