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College of Social and Natural Sciences
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Areas of Study

Sociology is often called the science of society. Using scientific procedures, sociologists study human social interaction and social phenomena such as organizations, communities and societies, as well as religion, social inequality, population and minority-majority group relations. Recognizing that a society is not just a collection of individuals but an entity in itself, sociologists seek to understand how individuals influence society and how societies influence individuals.

Sociology majors acquire a broad knowledge of how social worlds function. They become equipped as insightful observers of human behavior, learn to articulate their observations, and to verify them by gathering and analyzing social data. A primary focus of the Sociology major is on three challenges facing humankind: the environment, violence, and inequality.

Because the Sociology major is both flexible and compact (72 credits), it is an ideal choice as a second major in combination with a major in social work, psychology, criminal justice, business administration, mass communications, political science, economics, history, or other majors in social sciences or humanities (see "Multiple Majors" in this catalog).

Note: Sociology students are encouraged to take Mathematics 113 in preparation for statistics courses.


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