In the spirit of public sociology, the Sociology Department’s commitment to quality of life for all reflects the value we place on the components of the “good society”: public spirit, concern for the common good, and strong social institutions stemming from an active citizenship. We strive to achieve the good society in our teaching, scholarship, and service. We especially aim to shed light on the structural bases of social inequality and the possibilities for achieving a society truly guided by the American creed of liberty and justice for all.

Many efforts by our faculty focus on understanding and improving the quality of life in Maine and beyond.  Our faculty regularly contribute to the public conversation via op-eds and other outlets on topics such as the experiences of Maine workers, family diversity, mass incarceration, and racial prejudice. We are proud that our alumni have contributed to Maine’s common good through their work in agencies such as the Mabel Wadsworth Center and the Maine Department of Corrections as well as through many types of social activism.