Sociology, broadly defined, is the "study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts."
This study of human society grows in importance as our society grows in complexity and diversity. Today we see people both coming together and differentiating themselves according to their gender, age, class, race, religion, and politics. Understanding how society works and how people relate within it is increasingly critical to effective functioning in the world. With sociological perspective, we are able to step back from the familiar routines of our lives in order to see them in a new light.
Trinity students are attracted to sociology for all kinds of reasons. A curiosity about how society works or a concern about social issues will bring a student to the major. Taking one of the department's introductory-level courses on a topic such as the family, social problems, race and ethnicity, or world population often leads a student to pursue further study in sociology. Or, a course in a related discipline - economics, political science, American studies, psychology, or anthropology, for example - may lead a student to the field. Career plans can be a catalyst as well. The desire to work with people, families, community organizations, or societal institutions often prompts students to major in sociology. Wherever they go and whatever they do, Trinity sociology majors share common strengths: the ability to organize and interpret data and the ability to analyze human behavior and social structures - processes fundamental to success in virtually every life pursuit.