What is Sociology?
Sociology looks at society from every angle – it’s the scientific study of social life. Sociology is part of the social sciences that aims at answering questions as to why and how we group together to form societies as well as the individual’s roles within society. The fundamental insight of the discipline is that the social matters; our lives are affected not only by our personal psychology, but by our place in the social world. Substantively, sociologists look at a range of issues, from inequality to human ecology, from deviance to religion, from medicine to politics. Few fields offer students (and researchers) opportunities of such breadth.
Sociology Majors’ Skills and Careers
In today’s changing job market, the skills developed by sociology majors are important – skills in analyzing problems, understanding diverse peoples, and assessing how changes in the broader social structure shape individuals’ daily lives. Sociology also provides training in social science research methods and statistics, communication, and critical thinking. Successful sociology majors enter the professional world with skills useful in a wide range of careers including public relations, community planning, positions in government and social agencies, criminal justice system professions, and business. Sociology also provides an excellent foundation for professions that often require graduate school training, such as counseling, law, public policy and administration, social work, or teaching.
Sociology Courses, Requirements and Opportunities:
Students majoring in Sociology will complete core courses in the areas of Sociological Theory, Research Methods and Statistics, as well as a Capstone Internship, Research Practicum, or Service Learning Practicum (Pullman students only). Sociology minors complete an introductory course and a core course in methods. Substantive elective sociology courses are taken by majors and minors, and include Social Inequality, Race Relations, Sociology of Professions and Occupations, Gender, Family, Juvenile Delinquency, Deviance, and Criminology, Addictions, Society and Environment, and Sociology of Film (among others). Students also have the opportunity to enrich their learning through community engagement is service learning courses, study abroad, and participation in sociology student organizations.
Interested in declaring a sociology major or minor or otherwise interested in participating in our undergraduate sociology program through courses and other activities? Visit our advising webpage and make an appointment with an advisor to get started.
Are you a current sociology student? Learn more about student organizations, scholarships and awards, and take advantage of useful web resources to help you succeed at WSU and beyond.