Sociology is the study of social forces that shape human behavior and how those forces transform societies and the people in them over time. We are especially interested in studying institutions, such as healthcare, education, the family and religion among others, because they directly impact the ways we live our lives, the beliefs we hold, the opportunities and challenges we encounter, and the possibilities that exist for social change.
As a social science, sociology is built on a diverse array of research methods, including surveys, interviews, and even historical analyses, to explain the complex ways society shapes us and the ways we shape society. Students in sociology are trained in these research skills and have a strong foundation for understanding people from a variety of social backgrounds. A degree in sociology is especially useful for careers in law, education, criminal justice, public health, human resources, non-profit sector, policy development, management, research, and many others.