Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior and interaction, which is greatly influenced by religious, ethical, and social beliefs. A degree in sociology can lead to endless employment opportunities in the following areas: criminal justice, education, research and planning, government, business and industry, and human services. Job titles include teacher, counselor, administrator, manager, and analyst. Sociologists prepare reports; examine how social influences affect different individuals and groups; design research projects to test social issue theories; and analyze and draw conclusions from data collected through surveys, observations, and interviews.
Vital skills include critical-thinking, communication, and problem-solving. Sociology majors devote a lot of time to writing and research. Instruction includes social theory, race and ethnicity, humanities, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and urban sociology. Students also have the option of specializing in a wide range of topics: gender, poverty, crime, and education are just a few.
The 2010 median pay for sociologists was $72,360, but the entry-level education was at the master's degree level. There are two types of sociology master's degree programs: traditional programs and applied, clinical, and professional programs.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Chicago Chicago, IL||12 : 1||17,452|
|Northwestern University Evanston, IL||15 : 1||22,448|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL||22 : 1||51,605|
|University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL||19 : 1||32,324|
|Wheaton College Wheaton, IL||14 : 1||3,004|
|Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL||21 : 1||16,609|
|Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL||18 : 1||11,695|
|Elmhurst College Elmhurst, IL||22 : 1||3,453|
|Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL||20 : 1||17,159|
|DePaul University Chicago, IL||25 : 1||22,064|
|North Central College Naperville, IL||18 : 1||2,888|
|Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL||25 : 1||7,423|
|Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL||13 : 1||1,629|
|Bradley University Peoria, IL||17 : 1||5,929|
|Illinois State University Normal, IL||23 : 1||20,878|
|Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL||21 : 1||7,806|
|Roosevelt University Chicago, IL||21 : 1||4,071|
|Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL||34 : 1||4,317|
|Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL||21 : 1||13,061|
|Illinois College Jacksonville, IL||15 : 1||1,057|