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What is Sociology?
Frostburg State University professors and students would definitely agree that sociology is a major where thinking caps are required. When looking at collective attitudes, one might constantly find themselves thinking “Why do those group of people act or think in such a way? Is it justified?”. Consequently, the study of groups of people and their effects on society open doors to a multitudeof other subjects in Sociology ranging from Sexuality to Anthropology.
“In a nut shell, Sociology is the study of groups and their behavior.” – Dr. Gary Austin
“Sociology is the study of the social influences on group patterns of behavior. It is about both the individual and the big picture, the structure of a given society.” – Dr. Moore
“Sociology is about investigating and analyzing society, and understanding how human beings – as groups and as individuals – are shaped and constrained by social forces and social institutions. These issues of being shaped and constrained are part of what I teach in terms of social stratification. So, for example, how does being a woman in our society shape your experiences and opportunities? What institutions play a role in shaping our gendered expectations and experiences (like school, the media, etc)?” – Dr. Hartman
“Sociology approaches society as being socially constructed. Sociology provides us the ability to understand the impact social forces (including concepts of race, gender, class, etc.,) have on individual lives and the decisions we make. It also provides us the ability to understand how we can work together collectively to change prevailing attitudes and alter those social forces.” – Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas