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What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human social behavior, social systems, social structure, institutions, organizations, and social change.  Sociologists are interested in understanding the causes and consequences of social forces on individuals and groups. Unlike psychology, sociology does not focus on personality or how the mind works.  Instead, sociologists investigate the structures and variations found within and between groups, large and small, to understand how social forces contribute to institutions, social change, social inequality, and social integration.  Sociologists are also interested in the lived experiences of human interactions, both physical and symbolic.

Because society is complex, it follows that there are very few topics that are left untouched by sociologists.  Sociology embraces a wide range of theories that address micro and macro social interactions and outcomes (and everything in between).  Sociologists value the scientific method and use data to perform statistical analyses that test research hypotheses.  At the same time, sociologists rely on qualitative research (e.g., interviews, field observations, participant observations, etc.) to understand how symbols and meanings shape social constructions, expectations, conflicts, cooperation, and systems of inequality.

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