Sociology is the scientific study of human social relationships. It allows individuals to understand the connections between their own experiences and the society in which they live. In carrying on a social life, human beings interact with each other and construct patterns of relationships in groups, classes, institutions, and societies. Individuals shape those patterns and those patterns, in turn, shape individuals and their lives. In fact, the central insight of sociology is that it focuses on these social relationships.
Sociology courses provide students with an understanding of how these social relationships arise, why they persist, what effects they have, and how they maintain social order and contribute to social change. In classes, students learn the theories and research methods used in sociology. Students have opportunities to engage in collaborative research with faculty members or to participate in internships. These opportunities enable students to deepen and apply what they have learned in classes. These experiences enhance students' opportunities in the labor market and in graduate school. View Program Overview.
Last Modified: July 11, 2012