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.
The Department of Sociology at Berkeley was established in 1946 and in the decades that followed was responsible for creating and developing sub disciplines of sociology including symbolic interaction and deviance, sociology of law, political sociology, industrial sociology, historical and comparative, social theory and collective behavior, religion, culture. Undergraduate courses range from large lectures to intimate seminars, with plenty of opportunities for research that incorporate other social sciences and professional schools on campus. Not only can you get a PhD in sociology at Cal, there is also a PhD program in sociology and demography. There is no M.A. program available, but those accepted into the PhD program can receive their M.A. on the way to being awarded a PhD. Outside of required courses the sociology department also sponsors six undergraduate student organizations. In addition there is the Berkeley Sociology Forum, an intellectual center that addresses issues of a comparative, global, historical, theoretical and methodological nature.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA||24 : 1||43,185|
|University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA||23 : 1||10,636|
|San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA||33 : 1||29,032|
|California State University-East Bay Hayward, CA||42 : 1||16,064|
|Mills College Oakland, CA||14 : 1||1,122|
|Saint Mary's College of California Moraga, CA||17 : 1||3,692|
|Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, CA||39 : 1||1,363|
|Holy Names University Oakland, CA||23 : 1||966|
|Ohlone College Fremont, CA||70 : 1||8,900|
|University of California-San Francisco San Francisco, CA||10 : 1||3,180|
|Las Positas College Livermore, CA||67 : 1||8,706|
|Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA||66 : 1||19,871|
|College of San Mateo San Mateo, CA||55 : 1||8,163|
|City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA||43 : 1||24,441|
|College of Marin Kentfield, CA||44 : 1||5,182|
|Los Medanos College Pittsburg, CA||60 : 1||9,435|
|Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA||64 : 1||7,127|
|Berkeley City College Berkeley, CA||79 : 1||5,644|
|College of Alameda Alameda, CA||74 : 1||5,667|
|Laney College Oakland, CA||81 : 1||10,424|