SOCIOLOGY - SOCIOLOGY Sociology is the study of social life...

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SOCIOLOGY Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists 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 from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.” “Sociology provides many distinctive perspectives on the world, generating new ideas and critiquing the old. The field also offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: street crime and delinquency, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, how families differ and flourish, or problems of peace and war. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs.” THE GOALS OF SOCIOLOGY Students will understand and be able to articulate the major theoretical and methodological frameworks in sociology and will understand how theory and research inform one another in sociological analysis. Students will understand and be able to articulate sociological questions pertaining to culture, social structure, individual behavior and the linkages among them. Students will acquire the research skills to conduct both qualitative and quantitative sociological analyses, to utilize a variety of computer skills and information technologies in such analyses, and to conduct research in an ethical manner. Students will acquire the knowledge to engage in sociologically informed action, which will enable them to connect their sociological education with their vocational, personal or civic objectives.
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Students will have opportunities for direct experience in sociological analysis and the application of sociological knowledge. Students will explore a range of options for connecting their sociology major to career or graduate school preparation and readiness. Students will be able to use the sociological perspective as a means of social and cultural reflection, and to cultivate this ability as a lifelong opportunity to reflect on the contemporary world and their various roles within it. Students will possess critical thinking skills including an understanding of the connections between knowledge, power, interests and action as well as socio-historical consciousness, global awareness, and an understanding of cultural pluralism. Students will acquire the communication and collaborative skills
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SOCIOLOGY - SOCIOLOGY Sociology is the study of social life...

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