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 Oregon Eugene, OR||20 : 1||22,517|
|Oregon State University Corvallis, OR||23 : 1||31,719|
|Portland State University Portland, OR||33 : 1||25,321|
|Reed College Portland, OR||8 : 1||1,471|
|Willamette University Salem, OR||12 : 1||2,179|
|University of Portland Portland, OR||15 : 1||4,254|
|Pacific University Forest Grove, OR||13 : 1||3,832|
|Southern Oregon University Ashland, OR||42 : 1||6,093|
|Linfield College-McMinnville Campus McMinnville, OR||11 : 1||1,414|
|Western Oregon University Monmouth, OR||17 : 1||4,929|
|George Fox University Newberg, OR||20 : 1||4,063|
|Mt Hood Community College Gresham, OR||48 : 1||7,463|
|Linn-Benton Community College Albany, OR||43 : 1||5,533|