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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
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.
…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.
“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.”
“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…”
“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.”
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