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Submitted by sandra.grills2 on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 9:37am

Thoughts from our faculty about the practice of sociology

What I like best about the practice of sociology is that I can deploy its theory and methods to understand the lives of sociologists themselves: our research, our interactional and interpersonal practices, our organizational elements, our departmental dynamics, the nature of our networks, our social structural influences, our demographic identities, all of these are relevant not only for our research subjects but for ourselves, in and out of the academy.

~ Dr. John Manzo


Sociologists are experts at raising awareness about social context, through which is instilled a sense of shared experience and empathy.

~ Dr. Michael Adorjan


The practice of sociology is not restricted to those with advanced degrees in the discipline, or those with “sociologist” in their job title.  Practicing sociology involves maintaining a critical mindset, using empirical evidence and logical reasoning, and rigorously debating claims to knowledge.  As such, sociology may be practiced in any line of work.

~ Dr. Scott McLean