Sociology is the study of social life, processes of social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. As a discipline sociologists investigate the nature 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 organizations; 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. [Text adapted from the ASA publication, Careers in Sociology(1995).]
The American Sociological Association recently released findings based on 1700 majors responses to a national survey. The findings document what majors have learned while earning their B.A or B.S. in sociology and what careers they hope to pursue.
For more information, please read the online results published by the American Sociological Association.