Sociology is the study of the human individual and human groups. It systematically describes and explains group behavior, the interaction of the individual with the group, and the interactions of groups with each other. Sociology offers a broad foundation for understanding human behavior and encourages the development of critical thinking.
Majors will be able to think critically, to analyze everyday events in light of larger social institutions and societal trends. Required sociology classes concern how people in different societies organize and control their societies, critical issues in sociology as they have developed through history, and statistical methods for analyzing sociological data. Students also select courses from four different areas:
- Crime and Deviance courses focus on topics such as juvenile delinquency, crime, social deviance, mental illness, and criminal justice
- Social Inequality courses focus on stratification in society and its effects including gender inequality, work and inequality, race and crime, and social problems.
- People, Place and Change courses explore the organization of society, and how groups effect one other and their environment. Topics include globalization, urban places, environment and natural resources, and managing community conflict.
- Social Health and Well-Being courses study the health and trends in a society and their affects on the well-being of the members within that society, such as medical sociology, effective community involvement, population and society, and the sociology of aging.