Sociology is the scientific study of society. Sociologists explore the nature of the society we live in by working to understand how society is structured and how it shapes our lives. For example, sociologists examine how unequal access to wealth and income affect the opportunities and life outcomes of different classes, genders, and racial and ethnic groups.

Have you ever wondered, “Why are poverty and inequality growing in the United States?”

Sociologists explore how social institutions including the media, the family, and the educational system influence society and socialize us into our environment. They investigate questions like, “How do television and film shape our understanding of what it means to be male or female?

Sociologists also study how individuals and groups change the social world through collective action. Why, for example, have students in the Latin American country Chile organized large-scale protests against the cost of higher education, but students in the United States have not? What determines how and when a social movement is formed, and what makes it successful?

In sociology we explore these and many other topics, including:

Globalization Politics and power Race and ethnicity
Gender Families Health care
Education Aging and the life course Crime and deviance
Population growth Urbanization and urban life Work and unemployment
Social networks and social media Youth culture War and terrorism
Global migration Scientific research methods

Careers in Sociology

Because sociology involves studying and working with people and different social groups, there are dozens of career opportunities open to people with a degree in sociology. Sociologists work as:

Market researchers and consultants Survey researchers Social media experts
Criminologists Public health specialists Research associates at government, educational, and nonprofit agencies
Educators in secondary and postsecondary institutions Social and human service workers Corporate analysts
Statisticians Journalists Criminologists
Economists And much more!

Projected job growth rates from 2012-22 and median pay in occupations that employ sociologists are highlighted in the table below.*

Job title Projected growth Media pay
Market researcher 32% $60,300
Statistician 27% $75,560
Community health worker 21% $41,830
Social science teacher 19% $68,970
Social worker 19% $44,200
Survey researcher 18% $45,050
Sociologist 15% $74,960
Economist 15% $91,860

*Numbers in this table are listed as reported by the the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


In addition to several Sociology courses, KCC also offers Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 200). Anthropology is the study of human cultures and communities. Anthropologists use a comparative perspective to understand the way in which human cultures have developed over time and how and why they vary from one society to another. Anthropologists study the ancient and the contemporary world.

In ANTH 200, students are introduced to the study of human cultures and behaviors, exploring how and why they have evolved over time and vary from one part of the world to the next.