Sociology is the study of how humans have created the world and how they experience that world as outside of their powers. It blends history with economics and psychology and listens hard to things many may not want to hear. It reflects society back to itself from the widest angle possible so that individuals benefit from locating themselves in a mosaic of others. Sociology can take no liberal or conservative political position and often sees such things as lagging behind the needs of people. Sociology, as a discipline, concerns itself only with measuring and observing the conditions of existence and interaction which it sees as the engine of all human forms.
Sociology appreciates irony, comedy and tragedy and uses them to both learn about the society and to educate it. A society steeped in sociological knowledge is a society fit for peaceful cooperation and sustainable development. Those who study sociology use their knowledge as successful businesspersons, politicians, educators and therapists. They benefit from accurate cognitive maps of the human world and from the rational direction they provide.
What Does Sociology Teach Students?
Sociology is the rigorous study of the individual through the lens of society and of the society itself. Sociologists, as public intellectuals, mirror the society back to itself from a diverse and wide angle. Students of sociology see the structures that shape people's behavior come out of a fog and into sharp relief. They learn to accurately anticipate others' actions by looking closely at context. They learn the texture of societies in the past and how to anticipate societies of the future. Sociology students are situated to penetrate what can be an overbearing weight of symbols that beset others and enter the wise and liberated world of knowing. All of our sociology professors earned doctorate degrees at top universities. They help the student cultivate their own powerful tools of explanation and understanding. At the end of the program, the student has conquered the hurdles of theory, research, family, industrialization, and change. He or she has mastered English and is poised to become fluent in another language. Many of our students go onto law schools, management, criminal justice, public relations and labor relations. Sociology is a favored subject for admission to a number of graduate programs including leadership studies, environmental studies, education, social psychology and business. Whether the student enters the labor market or continues their education, sociology is an effective launch pad.