Welcome to Sociology at Union!
Whether you are a student, a prospective student or other visitor, we hope this website will give you a good introduction to Union Sociology. We are a small, but growing, department whose faculty's interests are wide-ranging. Please feel free to contact us, if you have questions about us that are not answered here.
What is Sociology?
The American Sociological Association [ASA] explains our discipline this way:
the study of society
a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies
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
the scientific study of social aggregations, the entities through which humans move throughout their lives'
an overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics"
Our Department's Approach
While students need a rigorous intellectual path of academic study, sociology cannot be studied solely through books and lectures. Students must also have research and internship/field experiences that will increase their first-hand awareness of what shapes the lives of people throughout the world. In our nationally and internationally comparative "hands-on" major, our students develop a wide range of skills and knowledge that enables them to:
- critically analyze ideas and theories
- put ideas and theories into quantifiable contexts
- examine many points of view concurrently
- identify social patterns and changes close to home and far away
- systematically and courageously search for answers to common problems
2/7/13 News: Civil Rights Leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis to be 2013 Commencement Speaker
Watch this short interview with Sociology Prof. Deidre Hill-Butler and Congressman Lewis!