What is Sociology?

As any biologist will tell you, humans are social organisms. We are always involved in interdependent relations with other people and the world.

Sociology is the study of those relations: the dynamic groupings people form, changes in them over time, and their consequences for people and the world.

In a modern, fast-paced and globalized world, the ways in which we are connected to others have increased exponentially, and the consequences of what we do — for other people and the planet — are often difficult to discern. Seeing those complex patterns of relations, and understanding how they affect our lives and the course of history, are increasingly necessary and valued skills. Sociology provides the preparation and training to develop and apply those skills in practical ways.

"The social world intends, as far as is possible, to be taken for granted."

Peter Berger