Introduction to the Sociology Program at Shaw University
The primary purpose of this Department is to provide students with a liberal arts education that enables them to initiate career employment or to pursue their education in graduate or professional schools. Students of the Department will attain fundamental knowledge of the basic concepts, principles, theories, research methods, and skills required for critical thinking and problem solving. Students will also develop awareness about the value of life and commitment to human principles. Students majoring in sociology will learn about society's many social institutions, social groups, social structures, and social processes, and the forces that underlie social change and stability in society.
What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology's subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology's purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.