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Sociology

When Auguste Comte built upon the works of earlier philosophers to found Sociology, he probably anticipated it would be the only academic discipline through which all other disciplines would be studied.

He called it “the queen of all the social sciences,” and was he correct!  Sociologists are scientists who study lives, communities, and institutions.  They pursue scientific knowledge of practically every aspect of humanity.  Today, we have

Sociology of law

Sociology of mathematics

Sociology of deviance

Sociology of education

Sociology of the family

Sociology of race and ethnicity

Sociology of hip hop music

Sociology of cancer

Sociology of aging

Sociology of the media

Sociology of death and dying

Sociology of suicide

Sociology of gender

Sociology of work and occupation

Sociology of health and illness

Sociology of organization

Sociology of disaster or environmental sociology

Sociology of space

Sociology of scientific knowledge

And many many more

These are only a few of the many concentrations and tracks within the discipline of sociology.  Our students learn about philosophers whose ideological reasoning contributed to the development of sociology as an academic discipline.  Some of these ideologies or philosophies predate the actual founding of sociology.  Jane Addams, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Ibn Khaldoun, Herbert Spencer, W. E. B. Dubois, C. Wright Mills, Marx Weber, Ferdinand Toennies, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Marianne Weber, and Alexis de Tocqueville are some early thinkers whose work either influenced or built upon that of August Comte.

 Sociological perspectives thrive on the examination of the interplay of individuals and the group, namely how social groups influence individuals and vice versa.  The nature, structure, and processes within which such relations emerge and their continuity are of similar interests to sociologists.  Sociology, is therefore, a never boring discipline.  Its broad scope encompassing every aspect of lives implies students can always identify a track to concentrate on. 

When you select this major, you will graduate not only as a scholar trained in social scientific research, sociological theory, and critical thinking skills, but also be versatile to go into many fields should you put off graduate studies.  You can go into social research, health services, education, business, and the government.  Other sociology related fields include demography, criminology, policy analyses, statistics, political activism, epidemiology, diplomacy, and community analyses.

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