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Sociology is the scientific study of society. Social scientists use various methods of investigation and critical analysis to understand human social activity. Many sociologists conduct qualitative and quantitative research to apply to social policy. Sociologists investigate social constructions (like religion, social class, deviance) to determine how social structures affect relationships, behaviors and attitudes of people. Sociology fosters the skills needed to address increasing diversity and constant change in the global community. Sociologists use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions.

Why Sociology @ EMCC?

  • Sociology courses engage the student inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Sociology courses fit most students’ schedules by offering traditional, hybrid and online sections.
  • Active learning, group work, and learning through technology are continuously used throughout the courses.
  • Students participate in campus events by attending with their class as well as creating displays for the events.
  • Students engage in conversations and events on social justice issues.

Career and Employment Outlook

Careers in the 21st century require critical thinking, creativity and innovation. Sociology is uniquely suited to develop a global understanding of cultures and societies, to be successful in careers where analytic problem solving and collaboration are essential.

Individuals who obtain a degree in Sociology often find employment in government agencies and social advocacy organizations. The research skills developed in the Sociology program can be applied to research and planning, human resources, corrections and rehabilitation, and private/public relations. Most employment opportunities require an advanced degree beyond the Bachelor’s level.