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Sociology is the study and classification of human societies, systematically studying the relationships among people in how they change and remain the same. Longwood Sociology majors are offered various courses from Sociological theory to hate crimes committed against individuals or specific groups. Sociology majors seek to have an influence upon humans and their relationships with other humans. Sociology majors have a broad range of career paths to choose. Sociology uses various ideas and concepts from other areas of study such as psychology, history, and political science, explaining what these and other majors are unable to answer, particularly those questions related to human social behavior. Sociology has two main areas of focus: the social relationships or interactions of people in groups and the role expectations or common beliefs and values people are like to have about themselves and others within what they regard as "their" group. Sociology encompasses several specialization: penology, criminology, industrial sociology, rural sociology, social ecology, social problems, urban sociology, demography, clinical sociology, social pathology, and social welfare research.

Karl Marx- "The philosophers have only interpreted the world; the thing, however, is to change it.

Career Fields associated with Sociology Majors:

  • College Administrator
  • Human Resources Manager
  • College Professor
  • Job Counselor
  • Community Organizer
  • Journalist
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Lawyer
  • Counselor
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Criminologist
  • Mental Health Specialist
  • Demographer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Editor
  • Probation Officer
  • Elementary School Administrator
  • Public Administrator
  • Executive Search Consultant
  • Social Worker
  • Gerontologist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Health Service Administrator
  • Urban Planner
  • High School Administrator
  • Vocational Teacher
  • Director of Public Relations
  • Air Line Sales Executive
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Director of Social Services
  • Advertising/Marketing Account Executive
  • Police Officer

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Related Skills:

  • Ability to analyze organizational patterns and group dynamics to find solutions to problems
  • Ability to understanding of group behavior and social influences on individual behavior
  • Able to design and conduct surveys to study social attitudes, values and behaviors
  • Able to gather information and synthesize ideas from different sources to write reports and present policy recommendations and conclusions
  • Have an understanding of social issues
  • Appreciate the differences among various social groups
  • Bring together information and observations to inform and address society's problems
  • Able to process analytical thought

Personal attributes associated with Sociology:

  • Curious
  • Resourceful
  • Empathetic
  • Tactful
  • Independent
  • Desire intellectual growth
  • Sensitive to and understanding of social problems
  • Desire to solve social problems
  • Desire for recognition and appreciation from others
  • Strong interest in human problems and events
  • Possess integrity
  • Desire to help mankind

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.