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
- 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.