Sociology students are expected to develop a strong foundation in the discipline that is based on a grasp of current substantive research and strategies of inquiry, as well as an ability to systematically examine essential features of societies. Examples of the theoretical and empirical interests of sociologists are:

  • the interdependence of cultural forms and patterns of association (structures) that are normally taken for granted
  • the extent of individual autonomy or dependence typical in different types of social groups
  • the social bases of wealth, power and status
  • the common forms of social difference (e.g., class, race, gender, age, and sexuality)
  • the meaning and social significance of values and beliefs
  • the processes through which social organizations are constructed maintained, or disrupted