STUDYING SOCIOLOGY In the Department of Sociology, we study how human societies work. We ask how your social background, such as your social class, gender ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or your nationality affects your experiences and opportunities in life. We examine how social institutions such as the family, the education system, religion, or the legal system operate. We study specific aspects of society such as health, deviance, or rural life. We examine a wide range of topics, from something as intimate as how we make music together, to such large-scale phenomena a transnational migration or worldwide social protests.
CRITICAL & TRANSFERABLE SKILLS By studying Sociology, you learn the shared humanities and social science skills of writing clear and effective papers and reports, analyzing issues carefully using reason and facts, and reading and analyzing written documents such as reports, books, studies, and articles. Sociology specifically teaches us how to analyze any number of contemporary social issues such as unemployment, crime, sexual harassment, gender in popular culture, inequality between the 1% and the 99%, and so on. You learn specific research techniques such as observation and participant, survey research, the analysis of historical documents and evidence, the use of official statistics, and the analysis of how language and images in the media and popular culture depict such important topics as how women are portrayed, how men are portrayed, or how ethnic minorities are portrayed.
COMMON CAREERS AND GRADUATE PATHWAYS Our graduates move on to careers such as social work, market research, non-profit organizations, policy analysis, government, public relations, and counselling. Sociology graduates are also well prepared for work in health care, international aid, human resources, publishing, urban planning, and other fields that consider the various aspects of human societies local, national, and international.
RELATED AREAS OF STUDY Studying Sociology involves looking at several and diverse areas of human societies. Areas of academic study that complement this kind of study include fields that shed light on contributing factors to societal structures such as Economics, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Human Rights, Communications, and Journalism.