Sociology is the systematic and scientific study of society and social behavior. The sociologist looks beyond individual and unique events to the predictable broad patterns and regular occurrences of social life that influence individuals. Studies range from the profound impact of post-industrial societies on family life, crime, mass communications, gender, race, ethnicity and intergenerational relations to the study of emotions and the values that govern daily social encounters.
The sociology major is designed to provide undergraduate preparation leading to careers in social work, politics, law, public administration, the nonprofit sector, international development , marketing, urban and environmental planning, public relations , human resource management, criminal justice, counseling and other social service professions. The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology will also prepare a student for advanced studies in several areas, including sociology, social work, environmental studies, education, public health and urban planning.