Sociology investigates through research the ever changing world of human behavior, social organization and processes of individual and institutional change. The discipline encompasses principles of society with reference to culture, population, social stratification, institutions, socialization of the child, group dynamics, personality, social change, gender and behavior, social roles and communities; rational interpretation of man/woman and the culture in which he/she lives.   

Sociology involves (1) an understanding of the sociological imagination; (2) a demonstration of competency in manipulating data and social situations that are appropriate to the questions asked; (3) a demonstration of knowledge of and the ability to use and apply theory to social data; (4) a demonstration of competency using the basic elements of sociological research; (5) the use of sociological concepts and theories to interpret social situations; and (6) research that advances our understanding of social processes and/or social structures.