What is Sociology?
Sociology is a social science which explores group behavior, social structure (such as race or gender roles), and social institutions (such as education, religion, politics, and the economy. Sociology may best be understood as compared to psychology. While Psychology studies the individual, Sociology focuses on groups. Rather than think about individual characteristics like personality, Sociology teaches students to think about the social forces that shape our lives â€“ things like age, race, gender, and social class. For instance, many people think about a person's individual decision to drop out of school or participate in exercise. However, Sociology examines differences in drop out rates between counties & states or the wide variety of health outcomes according to neighborhoods.
Sociologists might study topics such as divorce rates and poverty, sports and ethnicity, gender and occupation, or religious affiliation and voting preference.
What kinds of classes do Sociology majors take?
Our majors take courses on class and gender, marriage and family, social science research, community service, theories of crime, deviant behavior, substance abuse, and social change. Sociology majors take a variety of elective courses and can tailor their program to fit their personal and career interests. Many of our Sociology majors engage in service learning projects including international studies trips to Jamaica and the Mexican border.
What can I do with a Sociology degree?
Sociology majors are employed in a wide variety of fields from marketing, economics, journalism and politics to criminal justice, social work, and education. Many of our Sociology majors go on to graduate school in a variety of fields such as anthropology, criminal justice, and social work. Famous Sociology majors include Rev. Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Regis Philbin, Robin Williams, Paul Schaeffer, Alonzo Mourning, and Joe Theismann (American Sociological Association).