Sociology is a vibrant, exciting field that examines human beings in a social context. Over the course of sociology’s 150-year history, sociologists have studied and shared their knowledge of a broad range of social phenomena ranging from relationship dynamics to the composition and workings of entire societies.
As sociologist Peter Berger notes, in addition to being a profoundly interesting discipline taught at universities throughout the world, sociology is also a fascinating individual pastime and a unique form of consciousness. Acquiring the insights and understandings that a sociological framework can provide is a life-changing experience that countless students have discovered. Whether the topic of analysis is crime and deviance, marriage and family relationships, population dynamics, race and ethnic relations, medicine, aging, or death, sociology contributes a distinctive framework for understanding social problems and issues from the most mundane to the ultimately profound.