|About||USU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Sociology. Visit our website and "Like" this page to stay up-to-date about current projects and events!|
Sociology is the study of the human individual and human groups. It systematically describes and explains group behavior, the interaction of the individual with the group, and the interactions of groups with each other. Sociology offers a broad foundation for understanding human behavior and encourages the development of critical thinking.
Majors will be able to think critically, to analyze everyday events in light of larger social institutions and societal trends. Required sociology classes concern how people in different societies organize and control their societies, critical issues in sociology as they have developed through history, and statistical methods for analyzing sociological data. Students also select courses from three different areas:
Social Problems classes focus on topics such as retirement and other aspects of aging, the causes and prevention of crime and juvenile delinquency, and the cultural characteristics of minority groups.
Groups and Institutions courses look at collective behavior, the organization of communities, the development of sex roles, economic systems, educational systems, and social inequality.
Population, Environment and Development courses deal with the effects of the environment on human behavior and social organization and the consequences of different patterns of population growth and settlement.