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.