What is Sociology?

Sociology is the systematic and scientific study of human social behavior. The discipline of sociology focuses on social change by examining inequalities of race, ethnicity, class, gender and age. It studies the major institutions of society: economics, politics, education, family, religion, medicine and criminal justice. While emphasizing the study of contemporary American society, sociology also incorporates historical and global perspectives.

Sociologists study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. They investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges:

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American Sociological Association
This site provides information on sociology including careers and employment, sociology department listings and information on affirmative action, family, welfare, violence, immigration and more.

Academic Info - Sociology
This site provides links to data archives, discussion groups, educational facilities, and basic reference materials in sociology.

Must reads for Sociology Majors
This list provides additional readings recomended by our Sociology professors.