Sociology studies human social behavior-- how human behavior is shaped by interaction among people. Sociologists investigate how individuals are shaped by their social groups, from families to nations, and how groups are created and maintained by the individuals who compose them. A Sociology degree will prepare a student for graduate professional training in sociology or related disciplines. Many students pursue advanced degrees in applied areas of study such as criminal justice, social work, counseling, gerontology, human relations, law, the military, public administration, social work, teaching, etc. Graduates work in government positions such as adult/juvenile probation and parole, child protection services, drug rehabilitation facilities, mental health facilities, social services, Social Security Administration, and law enforcement. Opportunities also exist in the medical and health related fields, public relations, and marketing.
The American Sociological Association (ASA) is the national organization for sociologists. The ASA website (www.asanet.org) contains helpful information concerning the discipline of Sociology as well as a section devoted to issues related to undergraduates.