About the Sociology Degree
If the study of human lives, societal changes and social causes and consequences interest you, then a major in sociology at Troy University is for you.
Sociology is a broad discipline through which one can scientifically study human group
behavior and the consequences of human social patterns. Students may choose a sociology
major or minor. Additionally, the sociological perspective in conjunction with the
perspectives offered through anthropology, criminal justice, geography, and political
science rounds out the interdisciplinary approach taken for the social science major
and minor. Areas of concentration in social science include anthropology, geography,
gerontology, leadership, and general social science. The social science education
major is designed to provide courses for the student to meet the requirements of the
State Department of Education for certification of teachers.
Sociology majors/minors and Social Science majors/minors traverse through a curriculum that conveys the interconnectedness of social, political, and economic spheres at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.
As a sociology student, you will learn about all aspects of human interactions, including cohabitation, divorce, sexual variations, causes and impact of crime, aging of the population, the strained health care system, salary inequities based on race or gender, alcohol and drug abuse and our relationships with economic and political systems.
You will study, think about and critically analyze your surroundings, institutions (like marriage, education and work) and daily social interactions. Your studies will develop your understanding of the impact you have on society. You will also learn to utilize your “sociological imagination” and explore how decisions that appear to be personal choices are actually influenced by patterns of social behavior shared with others in your social groups.
Troy University’s undergraduate sociology program will also prepare you for higher education in the field in preparation for research, teaching and careers requiring advanced degrees.
Besides honing your critical reading, writing, thinking and interviewing abilities and your social interaction skills, you will learn to write questionnaires, conduct interviews and focus groups and enter and analyze data—all practical skills that can translate into career success.
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