Sociology is the study of human behavior. Rather than focusing on individual people, sociology focuses on social interaction and patterns, as well as socialization – with special attention to gender, sexuality, nationality, race, ethnicity and class. Sociology majors study the importance of culture, social roles, power, inequality, and social structures and consider the causes of and remedies for social problems.
Why Edgewood College
Because of its size and the small student/faculty ratio, students develop meaningful relationships with faculty members, who have received recognition for teaching quality. The classroom is rich with possibilities to engage in creative ways that go beyond standard lecture-style teaching. Students have opportunities to work as teaching assistants for sociology faculty or as peer leaders for courses for first year students that allow them to learn more about how professors teach and to be part of the process. Sociology courses are often linked to the Madison community with speakers, and studies of and with local groups. Lastly, because the sociology program is part of a larger social science department, there are opportunities to engage with faculty from political science, economics and criminal justice programs or to pursue double majors or minors in these fields.
The sociology program at Edgewood College prepares students for a wide range of careers in the public or private sector, particularly those that involve working with diverse populations. Examples include education, health care, public relations, management, marketing, social service, lobbying and grassroots community organizing. Students with a concentration in human services will take extra course work that will prepare them for a career in licensed social work, linked with internships that often lead directly to employment. A significant percentage of our graduates go on to obtain advanced degrees in fields such as social work, education, urban planning, public health or law.