Sociology is the study of social interactions among individuals and social groups. It developed as an intellectual and moral response to the problems and possibilities brought about by the democratic and industrial revolutions of the past and the on-going challenges of promoting a just, fair and meaningful life in the present era. As a sociology student, you will develop a set of perspectives and tools that can lead to a fulfilling and productive career and a life informed by an understanding of social change and social justice. Along the way, the core ideas of the discipline, as well as professors and fellow students, will present intellectual challenges, inconvenient truths and intriguing ideas—all with the intent of promoting your own development and growth as an engaged citizen in the contemporary world.
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 .