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Sociology

 

If you wish to see what sociology/social work classes are offered, check the Registrar's Web page.

 

What do Sociologists do?


Sociology studies people interacting in groups: in families, in schools, on street corners, in professions, in religions, in jail.  Sociologists try to identify and understand the ways in which groups come together, stay together, and fall apart.  Making sense out of the complex dynamics of social systems is only one facet of what sociologists do. Research into social problems often has practical consequences for the relief of human suffering.

What are the sources of racial, ethnic and political conflict? What social conditions promote crime, drug dependence and alcoholism? What is the social impact of unemployment, soaring energy costs, and the depletion of natural resources? Why is there weakened public confidence in the ability of government and business to deal successfully with these problems?  These are some of the major issues that command the attention of contemporary sociologists.

 

Getting Started


If you are interested in sociology, talk to someone who is already majoring in the department. Get some idea of the range of people and topics that are part of "sociology at Clarion."

Your sophomore year is a good time to think seriously about declaring a major. Before you make a decision, consult your academic advisor. Sociology faculty members can answer your questions and concerns.

You can consider a major as a university requirement for graduation and as an opportunity to investigate an interesting area of knowledge.

Choosing to major in sociology is a way of joining your voice to a continuing discussion about the world we live in. There is also the interpersonal dimension. Majoring in sociology can help you understand yourself and your personal relationships.

If you are seriously interested in sociology, one of the first things you will have to do is to decide between a major or a minor.