Sociology, B.S.

Sociology is the scientific study of society which examines the social context in which the individuals live, including cultures, social structures, and social institutions. Sociology is a discipline that describes, explains, and predicts human social patterns using scientific methods and theoretical constructs. Sociological research can be roughly categorized into two types: pure and applied. Pure sociology includes studies that add or reinforce the overall body of sociological knowledge. Applied sociology includes studies that are directed toward problem clarification and resolution. The undergraduate degree provides strong liberal arts preparation for a host of careers, e.g. journalism, politics, public relations, business, and public administration -- fields that involve investigative skills, critical thinking, and working with diverse groups. Many students major in sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling. Some of the best employment prospects may be in policy research and administration, in clinical and applied sociological practice, as well as in the traditional areas of teaching and academic research.