Social systems and relationships are at the heart of sociology, criminology and social work. Though they are different fields, they all use scientific methods to create understanding of social behavior. This allows them to offer solutions for the social and personal structures at the root of problems. All three majors give you a firm grounding in research, theory and practical application, as well as your future career’s best professional practices.
Sociology helps you explore why people in a culture act certain ways. The field looks at topics like social class, culture, race and ethnicity, families, gender, deviance and inequality and its consequences.
Criminology is a related field born in sociology that uses research tools to better understand and resolve crime, violence and other forms of deviance. Its analysis of legal structures impacts the way we work through problems of crime.
Social work uses psychology, sociology and criminology theories to improve the lives of people, families and communities. It focuses on practical human needs, with particular attention to people who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty.