Why Major in Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society: its composition, organization, culture, and development. It combines scientific methods with humanistic perspectives, integrating the findings of economics, political science, psychology, and history.



Sociology is about understanding "the big picture." Sociologists examine both broad and narrow social phenomena. In doing so, they integrate the findings of other social science disciplines, including economics, political science, psychology, and history.

Rather than viewing our world only through one lens, sociologists view the world though lenses that combine these diverse perspectives. In addition, in sociology one can study many of the substantive topics that the others social sciences examine. Thus, the fields of ethnic studies, gender, and cultural studies build on important sociological traditions and findings.

In sociology, you can learn:

  • How business works through the study of organizations, economic processes, human relations and institutions
  • How politics and law work through the study of sociology of law, politics, social movements, and revolutions
  • How science and medicine create truths and change the world -- sociology of science, sociology of knowledge, and technological change
  • How societies create opportunities and perpetuate inequalities in education, income, gender, ethnicity, and race relations
  • How communities of belief and kin are created -- sociology of culture, religion, and family

Sociology, then, provides a global perspective and rich picture of how the social world works. Courses cover a wide range of material, and they teach analytical skills and flexibility of mind to allow you to see your world in new ways. Sociology is a broad major for the intellectually curious, and it works well as a double major with other more narrow degree programs.