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”.
Simply put, sociology undertakes a study of the complex ways in which humans interact with each other in large and small groups. We do so using something called the sociological lens – a technique that allows us to uncover the hidden social factors that influence behavior.
Sociology combines social theory with evidence that challenges our common sense understanding of the world around us. Using cutting edge research, we discover how factors like race, gender, nationality, sexuality, social class and social inequality affect us and our life chances.
Sociology’s professional strengths include developing an improved capacity to learn new information, improving writing and speaking skills, and becoming more statistically literate–all of which are in high demand across fields including medicine, law, law enforcement, human resources, education, non-profit organizations, “public sector”/government jobs, data analysis, and political organizing.
Some sociology majors also attend graduate school, and may find themselves working as analysts or researchers for public or private firms, and/or earning a doctorate and entering the professoriate, where opportunities for teaching, research, and interdisciplinary collaboration are numerous.
Here at BSU, the Sociology Department has committed to the central theme of social inequality, diversity and social justice.