Sociology systematically investigates human society and social interaction, seeking to understand patterns of organization and change in a variety of settings. The sociology major offers a strong foundation in sociological theory and methods of research. In addition, students take courses to deepen their understanding of socialization, culture, social organization, social change, differentiation, and inequality. Courses focus on such topics as aging, criminology, ethnic and racial relations, family, gender, juvenile delinquency, medicine, occupations and professions, organizations, politics and the state, popular culture, population, religion, and urban life. Special readings and individual study and research offer students the opportunity to pursue areas of special interest.