Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious traditions; from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.

What skills can I gain with a sociology degree?

Conduct research and analyze data: Learn both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This will allow you to recognize trends and patterns and produce social statistics such as those used in market research, opinion polling, sales, and countless other applications.

Communicate skillfully: Learn how to convey your ideas effectively in writing and presentations.

Practice critical thinking: Learn to look beyond the surface of issues to discover the "why". Build your analytical skills. Solve problems and identify opportunities.

Gain a global perspective: Learn about different cultures and how to analyze the interactions of groups and societies through a global and historical perspective.

Prepare for graduate school: An undergraduate major in sociology provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in a wide range of fields including law, business, social work, medicine, public health, public administration and, of course, sociology.

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