What Is Sociology?
The American Sociological Association defines Sociology as...
- 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.
- An overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics.
Dr. Margaret Weinberger works with her students in Seminar 1910.
Why Study Sociology?
- 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.
To understand a science, it is necessary to know its history.
Neither the life of an individual
nor the history of a society can
be understood without under-standing both.
-C. Wright Mills
Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
-Zora Neale Hurston