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What is Sociology?


Sociology is the systematic study of people in groups and of the patterns and consequences of social interaction. At the same time that social structures and culture exert significant influence over our everyday lives, it is in the very details of social interaction that society is constructed, maintained, and changed. The study of sociology cultivates a critical perspective that relies on empirical evidence to demonstrate the effects of culture and social structures on the ways in which individual people think, feel, and act. To exercise C. Wright Mills’s classic concept of the “sociological imagination,” then, is to connect history and biography.



Michael DeCesare, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Sullivan Hall 303A



Kathleen Makiver

Administrative Assistant 

Sullivan Hall 303