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Why Sociology?

What Is Sociology?

Sociology is the systematic scientific study of human life in groups, which is to say, virtually all of human life.

We study everything from the small, transitory interactions of two strangers passing on the street to the incredibly complex and persistent patterns of interactions among individuals in large organizations and even entire societies.

We study families, neighborhoods, work groups, sports teams, bureaucracies, religions, governments, and every other kind of group, large or small, that humans have ever created.

Why Study Sociology?

Sociology prepares students to think critically, conduct research, analyze data and communicate effectively with diverse populations—skills sought by employers and grad schools in many fields. It also produces global perspectives and more engaged citizens—empowering (sociological) imagination for life.

“The first wisdom of sociology is this: things are not what they seem.”

–  Peter Berger, 1963

My Sociology Story

Kyle Gretz

I have always wanted to work in the field of law enforcement, and I see Sociology as a great addition to my skillset, as it will allow me to examine the issues that I face within the public every day and analyze them on a more structural level.

Sarah Marie Reed

…sociology class really stood out to me. It made me think in a different way and made me want to pursue a profession that emphasized social/environmental justice and achieve equity because I thought it was extremely unfair that some individuals/groups are systematically advantaged or disadvantaged.

Alyssa Wastradowski

Why did you choose sociology as your major? I chose sociology as my major because I wanted to be...

Jordan Derber

Why did you choose sociology as your major? I became a sociology major because it was one subject...

Alicia Davila

Why did you choose to study Sociology?   When I started at UW Oshkosh I was a Biology major. I...

Faythe Brennan

I’ve chosen to study Sociology for a few different reasons. First of all, I didn’t even know I...

Erica Schwartz

I chose to study Sociology because I was interested in learning more about people, how we interact...

Morgan Vechart

“I choose to study sociology because of the vast amount of relevance it has in most professional (fields) and everyday life.”

Kenyetta Walker, ’16

“After taking my Race and Ethnicity class with the wonderful Dr. Son, I immediately fell in love with the major. Learning about the conscious and the unconscious of society has definitely changed my view of the world.”

Kathy Brasier, Ph. D., ’95

“I became fascinated by the idea that we could use data to see patterns in how people act. This notion resonated with me as I thought about how my own family and community experiences could be linked to broader social forces…”

Pat Hager, ’11

“By the time that I graduated I felt like I understood the state of the world and what I was capable of doing about it.”

Jennifer Stephany, ’94

“I chose to pursue a degree in Sociology as it aligned most acutely with my interests in community work as it relates to ethnicity, social class and gender.”

Kathleen Abrahamson, Ph. D., ’90

“I believe that the close faculty contact and personal attention I received in Oshkosh planted in me a love of sociology that encouraged my academic success.”

Baily M. Murph, MPH, ’11

“I’ve always had a desire to learn and understand people and society more deeply, and sociology was my in.”

Oscar Mireles, ’96

“My sociology background has helped in all facets of my work life… I believe I have the skill sets and cultural competencies to provide the most appropriate academic and social supports our students need.”

Shawna Kuether, MPA, ’04

“My Sociology degree allowed me to be open-minded, cognizant and appreciative of the varying cultures, ideas and perspectives I witnessed during my travels.”

Isaac Davis

“Some key things I’ve gotten from my major include the ability to relate issues in society to greater social forces and how to properly conduct research.”

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