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,
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.
To understand a science, it is necessary to know its history.
Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
-Zora Neale Hurston
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.