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Field of Study: Sociology


Sociology is the study of how people and groups behave in a society.



Students learn how cultural and social forces shape human behavior. They also learn how to do social research on current issues.

Sociology programs include topics such as:

  • Sociological theory
  • Sociological research methodology
  • Statistics
  • History of social institutions
  • Social psychology
  • Political science
  • Specific topics including urban sociology, religions, population control or sociology of education

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Most colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in sociology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in sociology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.