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Why Sociology

Are you curious about how your personal experiences and issues are connected to broader social processes, groups, and institutions? Do you wonder why people behave the way they do? Do you want to know how the world became the way it is today and where it is going?

Then a degree in sociology at Fresno State is for you.

Are you interested in improving the quality of life for formerly-incarcerated peoples, those struggling with addiction, and people facing mental-health issues?  Do you want to work on policies to address hunger and poverty? Do you want to acquire the skills to strengthen social justice movements? Are you invested in empowering those facing racial, gender, religious, class, and sex-based inequities?

Then a degree in sociology at Fresno State is for you.

Still Unsure if Sociology is for You?

Check out our pages on: "The Department," "How our Department Chair Understands Sociology," "What Makes Our Department Unique," and "College to Career." 

We also highly recommend the two videos below, one from Crash Course on “What is Sociology” and one from the American Sociological Association (ASA) on "Sociologists on Sociology."