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What is Sociology?

Sociology is:*

  • the study of society,
  • a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies,
  • the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes,
  • the scientific study of social aggregations, the entities through which humans move throughout their lives, and
  • an overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics.

*American Sociological Association


Why Study Sociology?
  • Sociology is a classical liberal arts degree with practical applications in human services, social policy, not-for-profit, and government sectors.
  • Sociology develops a variety of analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and critical thinking.
  • A sociology degree is not license-specific, but is applicable to a wide range of occupations.
  • Sociology gives students unique insight into human diversity and understanding of social problems.
  • Students in sociology are critical consumers of information.
  • A sociology degree is a relevant pre-professional degree for a broad range of fields.

Sociology A 21st Century Major

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Welcome

The Department of Sociology at Bowling Green State University has been a distinct academic unit since 1934. With a faculty of 20 professors and 7 full-time lecturers and instructors, our mission is to contribute to the liberal education of all students by providing a broad understanding of human behavior and social institutions. We offer academically challenging courses taught by highly accomplished scholars who are among the university leaders in funded research and publications. The department also provides students with opportunities to assist faculty with their ongoing sociological research projects.

The Sociology undergraduate curriculum emphasizes four learning objectives:

  1. The development of a sociological perspective--a recognition of the importance of culture and social structure as fundamental social forces that influence human behavior at the individual, group, organizational, institutional, and societal levels. An understanding of basic sociological constructs and theories relevant to particular subareas of the discipline (e.g., criminology, demography, social psychology) and the ability to apply these to various areas of social life (e.g., family, education, government, community, business).

  2. An understanding of the diverse ways in which sociologists gather, interpret, and evaluate data, with a particular focus on the measurement of sociological constructs, inferring causal relationships, generalizing from samples to populations, and performing basic statistical analyses.

  3. The ability to articulate sociologically informed opinions and arguments concerning social and behavioral phenomena, and the ability to critically read and understand an argument and to critically evaluate that argument.

  4. An understanding of the similarities and dissimilarities of behaviors, attitudes, values, beliefs, and opinions across diverse social groups, and an appreciation of how various aspects of the social experience (e.g., occupational opportunities, crime, fertility) are structured or influenced by such factors as race, ethnicity, age, gender, and social class.

Contact:

Margaret Weinberger
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Sociology
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
419-372-3907
weinber@bgsu.edu

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