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Sociology at BSU

What is Sociology?

The American Sociological Association describes sociology as “a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies”; a discipline that provides “an overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics”. At the macro level, sociologists study the way in which society is organized, how it operates, and what factors contribute to social stability or social change. At the micro level, sociologists are interested in the study of human relationships and interactions, and how people create society and respond to its influences in their daily lives (Neubeck and Glasberg, 2005). Approaches to research include quantitative techniques (inquiries that focus on numerical accounts of what, where, and when) and qualitative techniques (inquires that focus on descriptive accounts of how and why).

What can you do with Sociology?

In sociology, empirical investigation and critical analysis are foundational to building, testing and applying knowledge; as a responsive discipline, sociology has developed interpretive analysis as well. Students of sociology acquire a broad range of skills – writing, conceptual comprehension, observation, interviewing, statistical analysis, interpretive analysis, critical thinking and problem solving – making them highly sought after by employers. The sociology major at Bemidji State University will prepare students for employment through an Internship option or for graduate school through the Thesis option. For students planning on post-graduate education, the scope of sociological study makes it an excellent choice for undergraduate preparation for a number of fields. Students majoring in other disciplines will find a customized minor in sociology complimentary and additive to their field of study.