The study of human interaction and social organization

Sociology provides you with tools to understand the society in which you live!

Are you curious about culture and cultural diversity? Do you want to learn about human interaction and how social groups and organizations work in society? Do you ever wonder about the impact that social norms and influences have on your day-to-day life?

Studying Sociology at Columbia Basin College (CBC) will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and methodological tools you need to think, work and see the world like a sociologist. Sociology courses are frequently challenging and eye-opening, and you’ll acquire sociological knowledge and skills including the following:

  • Using sociological theories to understand and analyze historical and contemporary events that shape your own life experiences
  • Understanding social issues and developing problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Familiarize yourself with different cultures and sub-cultures and develop an appreciation of cultural diversity
  • Gain insight about how human beings interact with one another in groups and social institutions
  • Learn how to be successful in your personal and professional life and contribute to your community and society
  • Learn methodological tools and skills for conducting social research
  • Develop awareness of ethical issues in social research

Sociologists typically perform the following types of activities:

  • Design research projects to test and develop theories about social issues
  • Collect data through surveys, observations, interviews and other research methods
  • Prepare reports, articles and presentations to share their research
  • Analyze and draw conclusions from data
  • Collaborate and advise other social scientists, policymakers and other groups on research findings and sociological issues

Is studying society and social behaviors the career for you?

By examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions and processes that develop when people interact, your research could help administrators, educators, lawmakers and social workers to solve social problems and formulate public policy.

Sociologists specialize in a wide range of topics, including education, health, crime, poverty, families, gender, race and ethnic relations and nonprofit and organizational effectiveness. Do you envision yourself in front of the classroom? Many people who study sociology go on to become high school and post-secondary educators.

Sociology is also excellent preparation for related careers in:

  • Policy analysis
  • Demography
  • Survey research
  • Statistics and data analytics
  • Social services, including social work and aging support
  • Criminal justice and law
  • Communication and public relations
  • Human resources


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