About Sociology

Students who earn a degree in sociology specialize in understanding the complex nature of human interaction on the societal level, as well as during face-to-face interaction.  In particular, students of sociology focus on the roles of society and culture as social forces that shape human interaction to the extent that general social patterns emerge, such as differential access to material goods and access to key positions in the social structure for members of non-dominant groups.  Students of sociology develop the capacity to think critically about the social causes and implications of structured social inequality and other social issues by employing scientific methodology and thought.  Social justice concerns are at the heart of sociology and students who earn a degree in sociology are well prepared for careers requiring a background in social analyses and the evaluation of social policy.