Sociology is the study of human behavior, institutions, structure and agency and problems in the social world. Using social science research methods and theories, sociologists study people and their complex patterns and interactions, the relationship between self and society, and social inequalities that affect individuals, groups, and organizations at the micro, meso, and macro levels.
A major or a minor in sociology serves as helpful preparation for students interested in careers in medicine, research, social services, law, business, politics, or the non-profit sector. A graduate degree in sociology prepares students for academia and a variety of professional careers. Core research concentrations of Wayne State faculty include race, ethnicity, and gender (REG); global, transnational and comparative (GTC), and sociology of health and illness (SOHI).