Sociology is the study of social interactions, social groups and societies. The subject matter ranges from dating relationships, to organized crime, race relations, mental health, work organizations, social mobility, world systems and pretty much everything in-between. Wherever people, groups and societies are connected to one another, this is the subject matter of the discipline. As a sociology student, you will develop substantive insights into these areas. For example, why some people “get ahead” and others not; how social media impacts our presentations of self in society; what the changing definitions of sexuality and gender portend for our lives. Along with these insights, you will develop a research sophistication and practical, real-world experiences that will lead to careers and meaningful work lives going forward. You will be presented with intellectual challenges, professional skills and intriguing ideas—all with the intent of promoting your own personal development, a career suited to your interests and a society that promises a greater sense of social justice and fairness.
Sociology opens up many engaging career pathways and offers valuable preparation for positions in many different types of organizational settings such as educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, private corporations and government agencies. With a bachelor’s degree in sociology, graduates are positioned to obtain and excel in occupations as urban planners, social service providers, public health workers, community liaisons, journalists, educators, admissions counselors, public relations professionals, juvenile counselors and police officers. For those students who are considering an advanced degree, sociology facilitates entry into professional programs in law, social work, public policy, theology, administration (e.g. public, business, fine arts), as well as master’s and doctoral programs in sociology.
For additional programs and courses in this department, see Sociology and Anthropology .