Sociology is the discipline at the heart of understanding the human condition. Sociologists and students of sociology seek to better understand social relations through the study of social groups, social behavior, social interactions, social institutions, and social structures.

Studying sociology enables students to:

  • Recognize cultural differences in the United States and in other parts of the world.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of groups and experiences that are different than their own. 
  • Get a sense of how differences in opportunities, experiences, and outcomes may be shaped by race, ethnicity, sex/gender, social class, and other social statuses.
  • Understand how social inequality is created, structured, and reinforced.
  • Become conscious of how our society is organized and why disparities, inequality, and social problems arise.
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