What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of group life.  As a social science, it combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, social policy, intergroup relations, social class, environment, technology and communications, health care and illness, social movements, community responses to disasters, and many other social issues.
Sociology is valuable liberal arts major for students planning careers in a wide variety of fields including social research, criminology, demography and immigration, social psychology, public administration, gerontology, education, rehabilitation, social work, and market research.  It provides a useful background for those planning to enter law, business, medicine, community planning, architecture, and politics.  In many professional schools, sociology courses are an integral part of the required curriculum.

What kind of job can I get with a sociology degree?
Persons holding a Bachelor’s degree in sociology are employed in the helping professions, in business, and in various public sector positions, especially those dealing with social programs and their implementation.  Usually, they are not employed in jobs that carry the title “sociologist”, since that title requires graduate training.
Employment opportunities for those with Bachelor’s degrees in sociology include entry-level positions in administration and advertising, banking and sales, community planning and group work, marketing and market research, human resources and personnel work, social research and project development, and many types of social service roles.