Sociology


What is Sociology?

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According to the American Sociological Association, sociology is the study of society; a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups and societies as a whole. This is the study of our behavior as social beings; covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. It is the scientific study of social aggregations; the entities through which humans move throughout their lives (What is Sociology?, 2012).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program can pursue careers in family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation, crisis intervention, geriatric work, social service agencies, security fields and corporate security, among other areas. Students will have the opportunity to study race relations, gender, social class, religion and ethnic backgrounds. Therefore, they will be well versed in all aspects of sociology.

In both paid and volunteer positions, the sociological perspective is valued in business, health, social service, criminal justice, law, media and government sectors of society. This degree also provides students with the foundation for graduate studies in sociology, criminal justice, psychology, law, social work and counseling. Whatever the concentration, graduates have many career options.

What is Sociology? (2012). Retrieved March 28, 2012, from American Sociological Association: http://www.asanet.org/index.cfm

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Job Search Engines

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All Sociology Jobs is a job search engine that finds job listings from company career pages, other job boards, newspapers and associations. With one search, they can help you find the job with your name on it.

Social Sciences Jobs allows you to search for jobs, research and apply to employers and recruiters directly, post your résumé, research tips and peruse articles and advice.

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Research Resources

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Academy Health represents a broad community of people with an interest in and commitment to using health services research to improve health care. They promote interaction across the health research and policy arenas by bringing together a broad spectrum of players to share their perspectives, learn from each other and strengthen their working relationships.

Careers in Sociology is a book that answers the often-asked question: "What can I do with a degree in sociology?" It provides meaningful answers to a specific questions and concerns. You can read a chapter or read the whole book for free.

Degree Story allows anyone with school or job experience to share things they've learned, observations they've made, or anything else they'd like to say about the degree they chose. For anyone researching degree options, they can easily look up different degrees and read stories from real people with those degrees about their school and job experiences.

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The Socjournal is a new media journal intended to offer sociologists a window into the world of new media communications. They aim to bring sociology to the world by providing blog space, regular columns and academic reports designed to popularize and disseminate the fascinating world of sociological research.

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Salary Information

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National/State Associations

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American Sociological Association is a nonprofit membership association based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. Founded in 1905, the association has more than 14,000 members.

Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in sociological scholarship and instruction.

Great Plains Sociological Association (GPSA) afford new and seasoned researchers the opportunity to present their findings in an academic, yet comfortable, setting. Students and instructors are encouraged to submit their work and participate in these activities. Old friends and new acquaintances can get together to share and exchange ideas, discuss what is new in the sociological world, or just reminisce.

Mid-South Sociological Association (MSSA) was founded as a nonprofit professional organization in 1976 and promotes the study and understanding of sociological issues and problems.

Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) founded in 1936, is a professional organization of academic and applied sociologists as well as students of the discipline. Nearly 1200 scholars, students and practicing sociologists in universities, government and business belong to the organization. Known for its accessible but rigorous meetings, the MSS encompasses nine states - Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota. However, more than one-third of the members are from other parts of the nation and the world.

National Council of State Sociological Associations (NCSSA) promotes and facilitates communications among state sociological associations, to share common concerns and to contribute to the effective development of state sociological associations. The NCSSA also serves as a liaison with the American Sociological Association conveying the interests of state associations to the national organization.

New England Sociological Association (NESA) is a regional organization committed to the continuing improvement of sociological research, teaching, and practice. With approximately 150 members throughout New England and beyond, NESA provides a forum for the scholarly exchange of ideas, both contributing to and reflecting the most recent advances within the discipline of sociology.

North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) is a regional sociology association including: Eastern Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ontario, Canada.

The Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) works to advance scholarly research on all social processes and areas of social life, to promote high quality teaching of sociological knowledge, and to mentor the next generation of sociologists. Consistent with principles of scientific investigation, the PSA endorses engagement of sociologists in areas of social justice and social responsibility.

Southern Sociological Society (SSS) promotes the development of sociology as a profession and scientific discipline by the maintenance of high academic professional and ethical standards, and by encouraging effective teaching of sociology, valid and reliable methods and research in the study of human society, diffusion of sociological knowledge and its application to societal problems.

The Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA) is the oldest interdisciplinary social science association in the United States, and is composed of professionals and students in the social sciences, including academics and other professionals.

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