Sociology is the systematic study of society that focuses on social interaction and the social making of humans. It investigates the forces that hold society together and threaten to pull it apart by analyzing interaction at every level, from micro-group interaction to competition of nation-states. Having as its goal a holistic understanding of human society, human beings, and their lives, sociology is relevant to a wide range of other disciplines and everyday life issues. As a result, sociology has a broad scope that includes culture, family, gender, crime, religion, politics, development, population, and urbanization.
Students of the Program
This program is suitable for students who are interested in the following:
- The structure of society
- How societies change
- Social problems
- Social movements
- Social inequalities
- Working with people
Many opportunities are available for students to gain hands-on experience, including supervised field research and internships.
Graduates of the program can pursue careers in the following fields:
- International development agencies
- Governmental and non-governmental organizations
- The private sector in social and community service
Sociology unit head and associate professor, Helen Rizzo, gives a short brief about AUC’s sociology undergraduate program
Alumni of the Program
The program’s many alumni include Taylor Moore ’13, who is a historian of the modern Middle East, a writer, and an academy scholar at The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Moore holds a PhD from Rutgers University.
Our alumni have worked for the top institutions and organizations in the field, including the United Nations, Cairo-based international schools and local development agencies.