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Sociology

Sociology is the study of society. It is a social science—a term with which it is sometimes synonymous—which uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop and refine a body of knowledge about human social activity. For many sociologists the goal is to conduct research which may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, whilst others produce purely academic theory closer to that of philosophy. Subject matter ranges from the micro level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure.

Sociology is both topically and methodologically a very broad discipline. Its traditional focuses have included social stratification, social class, social mobility, religion, secularisation, law, deviance. As all spheres of human activity are sculpted by social structure and individual agency, sociology has gradually expanded its focus to further subjects, such as health, medical, military and penal institutions, the Internet, and even the role of social activity in the development of scientific knowledge.

The range of social scientific methods has also broadly expanded. Social researchers draw upon a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques. The linguistic and cultural turns of the mid-twentieth century led to increasingly interpretative, hermeneutic, and philosophic approaches to the analysis of society. Conversely, recent decades have seen the rise of new analytically, mathematically and computationally rigorous techniques, such as agent-based modelling and social network analysis. Sociology should not be confused with various general social studies courses which bear no relation to classical social theory and social science research methodology.

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Matching Sociology Colleges

University of California-Santa Barbara
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
California State University-Northridge
Four or more years; Public; $16,632 average out-state tuition; $5,472 average in-state tuition
University of California-Los Angeles
Four or more years; Public; $34,098 average out-state tuition; $11,220 average in-state tuition
University of North Texas
Four or more years; Public; $13,396 average out-state tuition; $5,884 average in-state tuition
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Four or more years; Public; $27,230 average out-state tuition; $9,746 average in-state tuition
California State University-Fullerton
Four or more years; Public; $16,632 average out-state tuition; $5,472 average in-state tuition
Arizona State University
Four or more years; Public; $21,807 average out-state tuition; $9,208 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Sociology Majors

name award deadline

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship

National Research Council

$24,000 January 08, 2019 See Details

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship

National Research Council

award

$24,000

deadline

January 08, 2019
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Math-Science Scholarship - Carthage College

Carthage College

100% of tuition December 03, 2018 See Details

Math-Science Scholarship - Carthage College

Carthage College

award

100% of tuition

deadline

December 03, 2018
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James Madison Fellowship

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

Up to $12,000 March 01, 2019 See Details

James Madison Fellowship

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation

award

Up to $12,000

deadline

March 01, 2019
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Wayne F. Placek Grant

American Psychological Foundation

$10,000 March 01, 2019 See Details

Wayne F. Placek Grant

American Psychological Foundation

award

$10,000

deadline

March 01, 2019
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Einar and Eva Lund Haugen Memorial Scholarship

Norwegian-American Historical Society

$6,000 December 01, 2018 See Details

Einar and Eva Lund Haugen Memorial Scholarship

Norwegian-American Historical Society

award

$6,000

deadline

December 01, 2018
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APIASF/Frances Sonn Nam Memorial Scholarship

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

$4,000 January 10, 2019 See Details

APIASF/Frances Sonn Nam Memorial Scholarship

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

award

$4,000

deadline

January 10, 2019
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Byron Hanke Fellowship

Community Associations Institute (CAI) Research Foundation

Up to $5,000 May 01, 2019 See Details

Byron Hanke Fellowship

Community Associations Institute (CAI) Research Foundation

award

Up to $5,000

deadline

May 01, 2019
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Sheila Tarr-Smith Memorial Scholarship

Clark County Public Education Foundation

$2,500 January 31, 2019 See Details

Sheila Tarr-Smith Memorial Scholarship

Clark County Public Education Foundation

award

$2,500

deadline

January 31, 2019
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Paul and Marguerite K. Thomas Scholarship in Economics

Youngstown State University

$2,000 February 01, 2019 See Details

Paul and Marguerite K. Thomas Scholarship in Economics

Youngstown State University

award

$2,000

deadline

February 01, 2019
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Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship

Overseas Press Club Foundation

$2,000 December 01, 2018 See Details

Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship

Overseas Press Club Foundation

award

$2,000

deadline

December 01, 2018
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