Course Summary

Course Description


Sociology is the study of social life and the connections among persons in groups and institutions that helps to illuminate and explain the causes and consequences of human behavior. It focuses on the interrelationships among political, economic, cultural, and social structures by combining scientific and humanistic perspectives to study a wide range of issues, from face-to-face interaction at the micro level to conflict between developed and less-developed nations at the macro level.

Sociology students at Cleveland State University learn a perspective through which to analyze modern social life. Substantive courses in such areas as criminology, marriage and family, third world, poverty, social inequality, mental illness, gerontology, and education, examine specific social relationships and institutions. In core courses students are taught how to do research using both quantitative and qualitative methods and gain a greater appreciation of sociological theories.

While learning research skills and an understanding of the sociological perspective, majors in sociology develop the critical thinking and writing skills basic to a sound liberal-arts education to prepare them for a wide range of careers. Upon graduation, some students pursue graduate and professional degrees while others gain employment in the criminal justice system, social services, non-profits, and corporations.

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