As the study of people in groups, social relationships, and the structures of civilization, sociology has an important impact on understanding humanity as a whole. Professionals in the field study social hierarchies, how family units in one part of the world behave differently than in another area, and what prompts widespread social issues. Students in the major will learn about how cliques form, study social norms, and earn a greater understanding about why people may act one way in one environment and a different way in another.
Courses for the major cover a vast array of social and psychological topics. Classes may include: personality and social systems, race and ethnicity, sociology of religion, social movements, gender roles, mass media, and sociological theory. With so many varying branches of sociology, students will likely pick a focus such as criminology or family sociology. Students in the major tend to be people-persons, that are observant, organized, and big thinkers.
There are countless specializations for sociology, and just as many career paths to follow. After graduation, students of the major can pursue jobs such as: school counselor, corrections officer, investigative agent, journalist, public relations specialist, or youth/elderly service worker, among many others. Humans are extremely complex creatures and the study of behavior is equally complex; sociologists work hard to understand behavioral trends, seek answers as to why humans act in specific ways, and even try their hand at predicting what humanity will do next.
Sociology fun fact: Children laugh about 300 times a day, adults average anywhere from 15 to 100 times.
Celebrities who studied Sociology: Dan Aykroyd, actor, comedian; J. Michael Straczynski, novelist, screenwriter, producer; Nina Dobrev, actress, model; Regis Philbin, TV host;; Kal Penn, actor, producer.
The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Sociology is $40,400