Welcome back!

My name is Jason Chang and I am the new Peer Adviser here at the Sociology Department.  I get to write the Sociology Newsletter to share important announcements as well as opportunities for you. In the near future, I will have Drop-In hours and appointments available. Bobby is of course also available!

A small introduction about me: I am a senior graduating this Spring with a B.S. Degree and a major in Sociology: Law, Criminology, and Deviance. My sub-plan is Policy Analysis. You may recognize me from working the past two years at the front desk in the Sociology Department. I look forward to meeting you in the future and best of luck with the semester. Week one down!

Here are some important dates and deadlines:
September 11 – Last day to add classes without instructor approval
September 18 – Last day to cancel classes and not receive a “W”
September 18 – Last day to change grade basis (A-F or S/N)
September 18 – Last day to add classes without college approval
September 19 – Last day to apply for undergraduate graduation for the upcoming semester
November 14 – Registration begins for next semester (One Stop will email you with your assigned registration date)
November 13 – Last day to cancel classes without college approval online
December 13 – Last day of instruction for classes
December 13 – Last day to use One Time Only Late Withdrawal for regular term courses with a final during finals week
December 15 – December 21 – Final Examinations

Check out below for some new opportunities!

Interested in working in Law Enforcement?

Representatives from Minnesota’s Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) board are coming to talk about the upcoming application deadline, their program, and more!  UMSA is sponsoring the event and we’ll have lots of pizza.

When:  Tuesday September 19th at 5 PM
Where:  TBD but we’ll have it in Social Sciences Building – check the UMSA Facebook page closer to the event

Sociology has dozens of alums in law enforcement in a variety of positions.  If you’re interested in police, probation, security, county or state work this event is for you!  Questions? Contact Bobby for further details.

Flyer for LAWE application

Make a difference on issues that matter with the Fund for the Public Interest!

Do you want to make a real difference, working to protect the environment or public health? Do you want to gain real-world experience and pick up valuable skills? Do you want to make good money?

Apply for a job with the Fund this fall, and you could get all of that and more. We’re a national, non-profit organization that builds the people power for America’s leading environmental and social change organizations.

We’re hiring for both full-time and part-time positions this fall. You can make $450-$650 per week while doing something you actually believe in—all while gaining the skills and experience you need to help you succeed in the future.

This is not your typical job, but if you’re looking for a great experience where you can make a real difference, and work with some great people along the way, then apply today for a job with The Fund.

To apply, please visit our site or call 612-331-8400.

Special (OUTSIDE of Sociology) Course Announcement


EDHD is offering a topics course for B term (2nd half of the semester) that we think may interest many Sociology majors and minors.

EDHD 3300:  Urban Policing in Context – The class will explore police-work in the context of the American criminal justice system and the role policing has played within the fabric of American social history. Recent history and current events will be major focal points, along with an exploration of the opportunities for higher education to play a larger role in police training, recruitment, leadership development, and law enforcement reform.

Instructor Bill Woodson is a Ph.D candidate in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan, a Masters from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and thirty years of experience spanning corporate America, public service, academia, and management consulting.

In the summer of 2014, following the tragic deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Woodson turned his Ph. D. research focus to the crisis of public confidence in law enforcement; its root causes, and potential solutions. This course will feature guest speakers from law enforcement, community leaders, and academics.

This course will NOT count toward Soc majors or minors, since it is taught by another department in another college, but will count toward your degree and frankly may be of interest to Sociology and Soc LCD majors and minors a like.  We hope you’ll consider registering for it!


Sociologist of Minnesota Conference

Sociologists of MN annual conference, “Facts: The Future of Social Science in the Modern World,” Oct. 12-13, Anoka Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids Campus.

In the News

We have two new faculty members!

Prof. Hassan Abdel Salam joined us over the summer. He specializes in Law; Religion; Culture; Global Sociology; Comparative and Historical Sociology.

Prof. Michael L. Walker also joined us over the summer. He specializes in Social Control; Stratification; Inequality; Criminal Justice.

Look for future events featuring them from UMSA. You can read all of our faculty bios and profiles here.


Professor Phyllis Moen has been recognized by AARP Minnesota and Pollen Midwest as one of 2017’s “50 over 50”, a list comprised of fifty of the most “inspiring and accomplished leaders from across Minnesota”. Congratulations, Prof. Moen!


Upcoming Drop-In Hours can be found on our website here and appointments are also available.