Sociology is an enjoyable and exciting subject that also provides fine career and academic preparation. At Rider University, you can obtain an excellent Sociology education through small, intimate classes and with accessible faculty advisors who work closely with students.
Sociology and Society
Sociology is the study of how people interact in social groups and how societies shape individuals. Sociologists are concerned with how institutions such as schools, corporations, and cities evolve, and how they can be improved to meet human needs. They also consider the everyday problems people encounter in family and work life and address important social issues. Sociologists are often hired to evaluate specific problems and to design and implement solutions.
Sociology and You
In addition to providing knowledge about society and human behavior, sociology offers an opportunity to understand your own experience as an individual. Sociology’s examination of the interplay between private events such as marriage and career and larger social forces can help individuals put their personal experiences into a broader perspective.
Career Advising and Planning
To prepare our students for their careers, faculty advisors in the Sociology Department work closely with majors to develop programs of study based on their interests and career goals. Career panels, sponsored each spring by the Department and the Sociology Club, provide updated information about employment and study opportunities. These panels are attended by Sociology graduates and representatives from businesses, government agencies, service organizations, and graduate schools.
Students in Sociology master a number of skills useful in today's working world. The Department stresses the importance of developing strong analytical abilities and trains students in a number of information-gathering techniques. We emphasize clear, direct writing and communication skills as well as computer literacy.
To find out more about the Sociology major, please contact:
Dr. Barry Truchil
Office Location: Fine Arts 238