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A 21st Century Major

The 21st century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global, and technology-driven. The jobs that you may apply for as a graduate may not even exist yet. To navigate that 21st century means being able to keep up with the changing world.

Sociology is the scientific study of social life. It is the exploration of social change and a lens into the complexity of the causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists study a broad array of topics including gender, the intimate family, politics, race, and social class.

Social Work is an ideal complement to Sociology in that it offers a significant form of practical application of sociological knowledge.

As society evolves, you as a sociology or social work major will have the tolls to critically analyze the world and your place within it. You will also learn the practical skills you need to succeed there.

The Sociology Department offers students the choice of two majors: Sociology and Social Work.

Conduct Research and Analyze Data. In our majors, you use both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Learn to recognize trends and patterns and produce social statistics such as those used in market research, opinion polling, program evaluation, sales, and countless other applications.

Communicate Skillfully. Learn how to convey your ideas effectively in writing and in presentations. Strong communications skills are essential for success in the 21st century.

Practice Critical Thinking. Learn how to look beyond the surface of issues to discover the "why." Build your analytical skills. Solve problems and identify opportunities.

Gain a Global Perspective. Learn about different cultures and how to analyze the interaction of groups and societies through a global and historical perspective.

Become an Ethical Leader. Learn about service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person and that importance to human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry. 


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