Definition of sociology
1 : the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically : the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings
2 : the scientific analysis of a social institution as a functioning whole and as it relates to the rest of society
3 : synecology
sociologistplay \ˌsō-sē-ˈä-lə-jist ˌsō-shē-\ noun
Recent Examples of sociology from the Web
Mackey graduated in May 2013 with a degree in sociology and went on to play with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, but was released by the team in June 2014.
Schlaerth, an adjunct sociology professor, is running without a party affiliation, according to the Miami Herald.
Koichi Okamoto, a professor of sociology at Toyo Eiwa University and governance expert who has researched Toshiba’s problems, faults the company’s senior leaders.
Richard Ingersoll, a professor of education and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and expert on the nation’s teacher workforce, said there is no national data on what portion of teachers leave in the middle of the school year.
Both also received doctoral degrees in demography and sociology from the university, and the groom received a master’s degree in economics there.
At the University of Utah, Taumoepenu double majored in economics and sociology and earned the degrees in three years.
Lisa Wade, an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College, argues bad behavior is a fundamental part of fraternity DNA.
The genre is intensely individualistic, rebuffing sociology and collective history, and the reading experience winds up being no less personal.
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Origin and Etymology of sociology
French sociologie, from socio- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: 1842See Words from the same year
SOCIOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sociology for English Language Learners
: the study of society, social institutions, and social relationships
Medical Definition of sociology
: the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically : the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings
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