Sociology is both topically and methodologically a very broad discipline. Its traditionalfocuses have included social stratification (i.e., class relations), religion, secularization,modernity, culture and deviance, and its approaches have included both qualitative andquantitative research techniques. As much of what humans do fits under the category of social structure and agency, sociology has gradually expanded its focus to further subjects, such as medical, military and penal institutions, the internet, and even the role of social activity in the development of scientific knowledge. The range of social scientificmethods has also broadly expanded. The linguistic and cultural turns of the mid-20thcentury led to increasingly interpretative, hermeneutic, and philosophic approaches to theanalysis of society. Conversely, recent decades have seen the rise of new mathematicallyand computationally rigorous techniques, such as agent-based modeling and socialnetwork analysis.
Why take sociology?
Many of the pleasures and pains you encounter in life result from the fact that you dependupon others for what you want -- parents, friends, employers, musicians, technicians --the list could go on and on. And if you look beyond yourself to the lives of others youcannot help but notice that the same is true for them. At the heart of sociology is the factof human interdependence. Not only what you want and what you get from others, butalso who you are, what you can do, must do, and how much pleasure and pain comesyour way, all depend upon these relationships of interdependence. Taking sociology canhelp you understand the patterns of human interdependence that shape your daily life.Taking sociology classes will also help you gain important skills. You may learn specificmarketable skills, such as how to use statistical software. More generally, you will learnhow to engage in critical analysis, an ability that will serve you well no matter what your future career.
What can I do with Sociology?
People who get a B.A. in sociology are often employed in the helping professions, in business, and in various public welfare positions, especially those dealing with social programs and their implementation. Only those students who graduate from our M.A. program are employed in jobs with the title "sociologist," since that title requires graduatetraining.Career opportunities for students with a degree in sociology include: administration,advertising, banking, counseling (family planning, career, substance abuse, etc.),community planning, health services, journalism, group and recreation work, marketingand market research, sales, teaching, human resources/personnel, social services, andsocial research.A sociology minor aids those going into such varied fields as business, counseling, healthservices, teaching and the social services. People who work in these fields often have tomake decisions based on analysis of social trends and phenomena. The minor gives2