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Sociology, at its core critically analyzes the relationship between systems (organizations, institutions, cultures) and individuals.  Sociology majors learn:
  • How individuals in interaction create systems
  • How systems enable and impede individual actions
  • How systems interact with and impact each other
  • How to analyze systems
  • How to propose changes to systems

The critical examination of how systems impact individuals and individuals in turn create systems gives students the information to understand how a wide variety of organizations work, how to analyze problems within organizations as well as how to address the problems we find.

The JSU sociology program faculty is dedicated to giving students the tools to understand, explain and predict the relationship between systems and individuals, hone their critical thinking, written and oral communication skills and build dispositions necessary for ethical, social and intellectual development.  In so doing, we provide students with necessary tools that will enable them to make sense of the changing and conflictual social world we live in.  This allows them to contribute to solutions for the social problems that we face.

Successful JSU Sociology Majors Learn the following Skills: 

  • Critical Thinking
  • Research Skills
  • Statistical Literacy
  • Data Analysis
  • Analytic Skills
  • Writing
  • Oral Presentation
  • Discussion Facilitation
  • Cultural Competency
  • Working with Groups
Successful JSU Sociology Majors Display the Following Dispositions:
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Self-reliance, self-confidence, initiative, autonomy, and independence
  • Satisfaction with self, coping, characteristics, flexibility and adaptability
  • General human understanding, empathy, sensitivity and cooperation.

Sociology is:

  • The study of society.
  • A social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies.
  • The study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis or short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes.
  • The scientific study of social aggregations, the entities through which humans move throughout their lives.
  • An overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics.  Source: American Sociological Association
"People who like to avoid shocking discoveries, who prefer to believe that society is just what they were taught..., who like the safety of the rules and maxims of...
the world taken for granted should stay away from sociology."-Peter Berger
"Although social change cannot come overnight, we must always work as though it were a possibility in the morning."-Martin Luther King, Jr. 
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