"The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society. This is its task and its promise." C. Wright Mills
The sociology program at A&M-San Antonio offers majors/minors an opportunity to develop team building, critical thinking skills, community engagement, and creative research. The program has a core commitment to sociological theory, research methods, and statistical analysis along with course offerings in gender, sexuality, family, environment, technology, race and ethnic relations, social movements, and death and dying. A jewel in the program is the minor in Mexican American, Latinx, and Borderland Studies, which offers majors the ability to expand their knowledge base to include themes and questions that impact the U.S.-Mexico border region such as immigration, identity, and law. Undergraduate sociology alumni embark on to graduate school studies, or strive on in fields such as business, marketing, criminal justice, law, social work, human relations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the medical field, and so much more. Sociology faculty at A&M-San Antonio have research and teaching interests in a wide array of fields of inquiry–women, gender, and sexuality studies, aging, environmental sociology, science and technology, race and ethnic relations, urban sociology, security studies, human rights, and Latinx studies. Despite our faculty diversity of knowledge, one major thread that weaves through the program is our concern with social justice. The 21st century presents renewed challenges of social oppression, economic exploitation, and environmental crises and as sociologists we are steadfastly committed to knowledge production that ushers not only social awareness, but the potential for policy changes that create a more just and egalitarian society.
This is American Sociological Association’s (ASA) definition of Sociology
- The study of society
- A social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies
- The study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes
- The scientific study of social aggregations, the entities through which humans move throughout their lives'
- An overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics