What Is Sociology?

Sociology is a classical liberal arts degree with practical applications in human services, social policy, not-for-profit, and government sectors.

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, 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.
-Auguste Comte

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
-Zora Neale Hurston
Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.
-C. Wright Mills                

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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.