Sociology is the study of people in groups. Sociologists examine how people interact, in small groups like families, medium-sized groups like sororities and fraternities, and large groups like communities, with the goal to make the world better.
Most people engage in sociology every day without even knowing it by studying and predicting behavior. If you have ever thought: why do some people bully or why do some people commit crimes, or why do some people behave one way in front of one group of people and another way in front of others, you are asking the same questions that sociologists ask.
The sociology major at Penn State Harrisburg provides an opportunity for students to explore social structure, interaction, and change, addressing topics such as culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, inequality, urban life, globalization, environmental change, and political conflict.
Two options are available within the major:
- General Sociology
- Community Organization and Social Services