"Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. The subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. Few fields have the broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge that Sociology has." American Sociological Association
Is Sociology for Me?
…then you should pursue studying Sociology or Family Studies with us here at Union! Please continue to browse our website for further information on what our academic programs look like, what careers they connect with, and what the culture of our department is like!
Family Studies Graduate, Class of 2005
Rachel Ryan received her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Union University. She continued on to complete a M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in child and family studies from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2006. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Ayers Children's Medical Center of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. As a child life specialist, she helps reduce the anxiety of hospitalized children by providing play, social interaction, teaching and distraction during medical procedures. Additionally, she can be seen marketing child life and the pediatric unit at community events and in university classrooms, including the adjunct courses she teaches in Union's Department of Family Studies.
Sociology Graduate, Class of 1987
After graduating with a B.S. in Sociology from Union, Pepper went on to become a liscenced professional counselor. He received Masters degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and The University of Memphis, as well as a Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary. He has been counseling in the West-Tennessee area for over twenty years. He is trained and experienced in helping people battle depression through cognitive-behavioral therapy.