What is sociology?

Sociology is the science of society, social institutions and social relationships. Sociology majors learn the history and major theories that support the study and understanding of social structures. They study organizations, minority groups, gender roles, life-course patterns and social policies. Students also learn the function of data in analyzing social and organizational problems: aging, medical resources, crime, urban development, etc. The sociology curriculum prepares students to effectively examine and research social organizations, to relate individuals to society, and to understand the dynamic interplay within social institutions.

Why should I consider majoring in sociology?

The sociology curriculum is designed to foster the development of sociological imagination. This allows students to think creatively about social life and its structures and "about the interplay of men and society, of biography and history, of self and world" (C. Wright Mills). The major includes the studies of data analysis, research methodology and social theory. These areas, along with the skills gained by academic experiences, prepare sociology majors for a vast array of career opportunities. Upon completion of their degree, graduates are confident in their abilities to do research, provide social analysis, evaluate programs, and place issues in a larger social perspective.

What interests and values are related to sociology?

Sociology students should have a global perspective and a desire to solve social problems. They have a curiosity about social life and its structures, and they have an interest in current events. Sociology students often enjoy reading, writing and speaking, and have developed critical thinking skills.

What career fields are related to sociology?

  • Anthropology
  • Community Organization & Advocacy
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technology
  • Public Administration & Social Service
  • Social & Phil Foundations of Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Studies/Sciences Teacher Education
  • Social Work

How can I learn more about sociology?

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Contact Source:

College of Education & Human Development Academic Discovery Center

Location: Hinckley 309

Phone: 208-496-9850

Email: CEHDacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu