Why Study Sociology

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Sociology is the study of human social activity, relationships, and social structures.  In our increasingly diverse world, the study of sociology gives you skills 21st century workers need: critical and analytical thinking, writing ability, cultural competence, and self-awareness.  Mastering the basics of sociology teaches you to understand situations of people different than you, another advantage in this rapidly globalizing world.

Employers seek out individuals who can demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills, initiative, and a strong work ethic.  Student organizations and campus employment offer valuable opportunities to add to the skills you are developing in your classes.  Other options include study abroad, off-campus employment or volunteering in the community.