COVID-19 Update

Rutgers University has moved teaching online for the remainder of the semester. For all those enrolled in classes, all instructors should have provided you with information on how to best contact them during this period. If you have more general departmental inquiries, please contact one of us using the email addresses below. Take care, all.

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General FAQ

What can I do with a sociology major?

A: The American Sociology Association has a wonderful publication that describes the various careers available to Liberal Arts students with a Sociology major.  Follow this link to look at the ASA's career brochure.

What's the difference between Sociology and Social Work?

A: Sociology is concerned with the study of human behavior.  It is oriented towards the development of abstract, theoretical, statements about such behavior. Social Work is concerned with aiding individuals in confronting specific problems that they face in their daily lives. Sociology is therefore conceptual while Social Work is practical.

What's the difference between theory courses? 

A: There are two theory courses (Developmental: 313 and Contemporary: 314). Developmental theory, also known as Classical Theory, primarily covers European scholars who wrote during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Their work can be characterized as Macro (concerned with large-scale social transformations), Historical and Comparative in their orientation.  Contemporary theory, not uncommonly, focuses upon U.S. scholars writing after WWII. Their work is more Micro and less historical than those classified as classical theorists. In addition, Developmental theory covers a small number (between 4-6) of individuals while Contemporary theory is more likely to be orientated towards schools of thought with individuals as examples of those schools.