Sociology  
 

 

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About Sociology
Sociology is the study of how social structures such as family, religion, or peer groups shape our world and influence our behavior. Sociological analysis can be applied to everything from interpersonal relations to global political economy.
 
Along with your Aquinas liberal arts education, sociology will position you for a wide array of occupations.  We are confident sociology will not only provide you the skills and knowledge to launch a career but also provide you with a powerful analytical lens to explore your world.
 
As your parents might ask you: "What are you going to do with Sociology?"
Our answer is: Anything you want!
 
Here's why:
Universally applicable skill set.
A degree in Sociology from Aquinas will strengthen your skills in writing, public speaking and, most importantly, critical thinking. You'll be able to assess the rationality of arguments, collect data to construct a thesis, and see the assumptions behind a written work. These are skills that are applicable in health care, business, government and service, to name a few areas.
 
Sociologists are people persons.
No other discipline allows you the opportunity to understand the varied worlds of the wealthy elite, impoverished drug dealers and everyone in between. We don't teach empathy, but we give you the tools to enhance your own ability to understand human behavior. And that will aid you in work and life.
 
Sociologists work well with others.
Combine your sociology with biology and research the medical roots of bankruptcy or track disease vectors. Join sociology with English and become a journalist or even work in public relations. Sociology can also combine with business and languages as well as psychology or communication to make you even more marketable, but sociology majors are equally at home in government, business, or graduate programs in law, public administration or, yes, sociology.
 
Put yourself in sociology and get out of it whatever you want.
 
The American Sociological Association (ASA) provides more detailed career information.
 
Why do Aquinas students pursue the sociological perspective?
"In combining my interest in both psychology and sociology, as well as my personal and new found interest in fitness and health, the focus of my study at Aquinas may seem to be scattered ad unfocused, however, it all relates to understanding the basic underpinnings of how society affects the individual's situation, and how the individual can most healthily understand and make sense of of his or her situation.  Additionally, corresponding with my minor in women's studies, I have a special interest in women and women's situation in American society.  My areas of interest in sociology thus include gender and stratification, as well as macro-level analysis of society.  For example, in my previous managerial role in a retail clothing store, I assumed the position of a motivational leader who was responsible for the store's sales outcomes.  From the leadership role, I was able to apply Marx's theory of capitalism and consciousness to the workplace; or Weber's concept of bureaucracy to the documentation of procedure and the jurisdiction of delegated responsibilities of my coworkers and myself.  Additionally, after working with numerous female customers, I have observed the phenomenon of women's aspiration to the ideal woman as many talked of needing to be thinner - an image portrayed in the media with a capitalist intent to market diet and fitness products concurrently with calorie-laden, nutrient-deficient foods."  -  Sarah Allan '12, Psychology and Sociology double major, Women's Studies minor.