Undergraduate: Sociology

Overview

Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It investigates the structure of groups, organizations and societies, their informal development and interaction. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from crime to religion; from divisions of race, gender and social class to a shared belief of a common culture.

Objectives

  • To introduce students to a broad spectrum of sociological knowledge, including its perspective, its history and its uses.
  • To present sociology in a systematic and scholarly manner, while offering the maximum social insight and self-understanding.
  • To emphasize the applicability of sociological knowledge to everyday life.
  • To provide students with the analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand the complex social problems of today's world and to propose logical solutions.
  • To prepare students for graduate and professional school through their theory and research experience.

Careers in Sociology

The Undergraduate program with courses such as research methods, statistics, sociological theory, computer-based social science research and social organization and demographic analysis, equip student for employment in a wide range of occupations in the public, non-profit, and private sector.

These include social research, the health professions, business, social service, and data processing. Sociology is a popular undergraduate major for students planning to further studies in such professions as law, business, education, social work and public administration. Professional recruiters are interested in well rounded students with good analytical and communication skills.