Sociology at Ship

Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction and social organization. Sociologists study social issues such as the changing family structure, racism and sexism, gender, health care, crime and delinquency, inequality and poverty, and immigration. Careers in sociology include conducting social research, developing and evaluating social policy, organizational consulting, and program development.

The sociology program at Shippensburg University offers you a strong core in the career skills the American Sociological Association has identified as important in today's employment marketplace, such as the ability to analyze and interpret various types of data using a statistical package, write an evidence-based argument, evaluate the strengths of research methods and findings, and write research and grant proposals.


Why Study Sociology

Sociology studies issues like family stability, crime, poverty, racism, and the impact of social changes over time and across social boundaries. Sociology majors work in areas that focus on helping improve the life chances of people in all aspects of society. This approach focuses on how our social structures and organizations influence our behavior and our opportunities in life based on our membership in various social groups. For example, we know that men make more money than women, white Americans live longer than black Americans, and poor people actually pay a greater portion of their income in taxes than wealthy people. Sociological research has clarified these patterns and many others. Sociologists often work with stakeholders to change policies and improve social conditions for groups in our society.