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Sociology studies the patterns of social structure and interaction from the micro-level through the macro-level of social analysis. It uses human demography and human ecology as a background for three major theoretical frameworks: Symbolic Interaction Theory, Functional Theory, and Conflict Theory. Sociology encourages students to develop a ‚Äúsociological imagination‚ÄĚ through which they may develop insights into how social forces at all levels form a complex playing field of social life on which, through their interaction with others, students may maximize their opportunities.


Students who complete the two sociology courses offered at Snow College are expected to demonstrate that they

  • know the major concepts of those courses;
  • know the major viewpoints of Symbolic Interaction
  • Theory, Functionalist Theory and Conflict Theory; 
  • know the concepts behind human ecology and human demography.


A Sociology degree can lead to many different types of careers. Sociology majors are employed in but not limited to the following job fields: academic social service or rehabilitation institutions, corrections and criminal justice, business/industry marketing and research, health professions, government agencies, public relations, management and human resources, etc.

Teaching and research can also be a popular career choice for sociologists.

A career in sociology as a teaching profession is a long-term commitment. One must have a Masters degree if one is to seek employment as a teacher at the two-year college level, and a Ph.D. if one seeks employment at a four-year college or university in either teaching, research, or both.

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