Social scientists study all aspects of society—from past events and achievements to human behavior and relationships between groups. Their research provides insights that help us understand different ways in which individuals and groups make decisions, exercise power, and respond to change. Through their studies and analyses, social scientists suggest solutions to social, business, personal, governmental, and environmental problems.

Research is a major activity for many social scientists. They use various methods to assemble facts and construct theories. Applied research usually is designed to produce information that will enable people to make better decisions or manage their affairs more effectively. Interviews and surveys are widely used to collect facts, opinions, or other information. Information collection takes many forms including living and working among the population being studied; field investigations, the analysis of historical records and documents; experiments with human or animal subjects in a laboratory; administration of standardized tests and questionnaires; and preparation and interpretation of maps and computer graphics.

The work of the major specialties in social science—other than psychologists, economists, and urban and regional planners—varies greatly, although, specialists in one field may find that their research overlaps work being conducted in another discipline.

Expanding opportunities exist for practicing sociologists, who apply sociological knowledge, theory and methods to affect interventions at the individual, group and community levels. Practicing sociologists, including clinical sociologists, work in business, government, social service and education, performing evaluations, counseling, substance abuse and prevention and treatment and economic and community development.
  

Sociology Programs at LCCC
  

One-Year Certificate

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

 

Links of Interest

  • http://www.socioweb.com/
    Socioweb.com is an independent guide to the sociological resources available on the Internet. It includes listings for sociological associations, articles and essays, online journals and blogs, sociological theories, surveys, and university sociology departments
  • http://www.asanet.org/
    American Sociological Association (ASA) is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good
  • http://fastweb.monster.com/
    Sociology students may find free money for college or an advanced degree at the fastweb link