Sociology is almost 200 years old. It can be defined as the study of how people arrange their lives as members of groups, and how those arrangements in turn shape the ways people think, feel and behave. Sociologists use terms like “social environment,” “the architecture of daily life” and “social structure” to talk about these arrangements, and different societies around the world arrange life differently. Some examples? Think of all the different ways you have heard people or nations define family, deal with crime and justice, worship, and work for a living.
Sociology is very broad, with a lot of specializations that can lead you in many intellectual or career directions. Our courses deal with the following kinds of topics and themes:
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