Sociology at SIUE
Sociology is the study of human groups and relationships. A major purpose of the discipline is to uncover efficient and effective ways to understand and improve society.
Students in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies will investigate human values, customs, leadership, cooperation and conflict in every kind and size of group, including families, schools, religions, corporations, economies, governments, cities and societies. Sociologists use questionnaire surveys, participant observation, government statistics and computer simulations to find patterns and general principles that can help solve problems of group living, ranging from infant mortality and juvenile delinquency to world population growth and migration. Sociologists investigate causes of crime and deviance; racial, gender and ethnic conflict; poverty; social inequality; health care; globalization and workplace change. Applied sociologists use sociological insights to identify and solve practical problems in organizations and workplaces.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
- Bachelor of Science in Sociology
Industry, government and private service agencies often prefer a major in one of the social sciences. While professional training in sociology is primarily associated with advanced degrees, there are many employment opportunities for those with a liberal arts major in sociology. College of Arts and Sciences graduates who studied sociology work in public relations, management, community activism, college advising, and many other areas. Specializations in employment relations, and diversity and social justice add occupationally relevant training to the liberal arts program in sociology. In addition to providing classroom and experiential training in employment relations, the concentration helps develop marketable research and communication skills. The required internship helps create job opportunities and provides training and research skills that make students more attractive to potential employers.