The major in Sociology is a traditionally established path to careers and professional preparation in the human services. It is frequently the undergraduate major of individuals entering governmental services and employment in the nonprofit sector. This major typically provides appropriate and adequate preparation for many graduate and professional programs including Law, Public Health, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Work, Human Services Administration, Human Resources Management, Policy Analysis, Professional Counseling, Substance Abuse Prevention and Interventions and occasionally, Medicine.
The major provides very clear pathways to a variety of internship opportunities. Agencies typically aim their recruitment campaigns and participation opportunities by major departments with Sociology as a very prominent target. This major also provides familiar identification and networking environments for undergraduate students. These service, identity formation, and networking opportunities strengthen the college’s ability to provide high quality academic programs and well prepared students pursuing career opportunities in the areas of health care, education, social services, corrections, and law enforcement.
Sociology provides specific and unique approaches to understanding the urban environment and the various aspects of culture. It serves a major role in the college’s mission to understand, preserve and promote African-American culture. Students with majors in sociology will find research and growth opportunities in cultural analysis and cultural enrichment easily identifiable and readily accessible.
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.
Sociology provides many distinctive perspectives on the world, generating new ideas and critiquing the old. The field also offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: street crime and delinquency, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, how families differ and flourish, or problems of peace and war. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.
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As a strong liberal arts major, sociology provides several answers to this important question:
What can I do with a BS in Sociology?