What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of how human behavior shapes and is shaped by larger cultural and social contexts. Sociology provides a lens to analyze, understand, and explain important matters in our personal lives (e.g., relationships or family conflict, ethnic & gender identity), our communities (e.g., crime & law, poverty & wealth, social movements, health outcomes), and the world (e.g., population growth, globalization & economic development). Studying sociology prepares students to be broadly knowledgeable about sociological theories and methods, which equip them with the perspective and insight to be a critical observer, participant, and actor in the social world. After completing the program, students should be prepared for a range of entry level positions in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors, or to undertake graduate study in an academic or professional program.
Students completing a degree in sociology will:
- Understand what sociology is, as a social science discipline
- Utilize sociological theories to guide research and improve understanding of social phenomenon and human behavior
- Learn to use a variety of research methods as a means of understanding the social world and human interaction
- Apply sociological and social-science perspectives to the understanding of real-world problems or topics (e.g., issues of diversity, health, globalization, sustainability, crime & law)
- Communicate effectively about sociological issues, making well-organized arguments supported
by relevant evidence
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Director of Undergraduate Studies
Claudia Geist, PhD
Undergraduate Academic Advisor