Sociology is the study of society, human behavior, and social interaction. The focus of study is the application of critical thought to social processes and social issues. Specific areas of interest include social institutions, symbolic meaning, bureaucratic organizations, socialization, deviance, political systems, class society, social interaction, the family, gender, minority relations, social movements, and social change.
A degree in sociology prepares students for policy, research, and supervisory work in the public and private sectors, including such diverse fields as government agencies, advocacy groups, the criminal justice system, educational institutions, social services, counseling, business management, office administration, mass media, and the political arena. Students may choose the applied sociology specialization, civic engagement and social change specialization, social research specialization, or health and society specialization.