sociology

noun
so·​ci·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsō-sē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce sociology (audio) , ˌsō-shē- \

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

Other Words from sociology

sociologist \ ˌsō-​sē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist ˌsō-​shē-​ How to pronounce sociology (audio) \ noun

Examples of sociology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hosted by Phoebe Judge, the show takes a deep dive into a broad range of criminal behavior, including the psychology and sociology behind the crime. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 16 Aug. 2022 Montoya holds a Bachelor of University Studies from the University of New Mexico with concentrations in psychology, sociology, and Native American studies. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 As a life-learner Sarahia Benn has studied American, African American & International History, civics, theology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 Anybody who has taken a course in marketing, psychology or sociology is likely familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. al, 21 Mar. 2022 Lira, a psychology and sociology major at the University of Texas at Austin, would have to skip one class on Friday. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 Director-screenwriter Gajewska is interested in the psychology and sociology of gender. Alissa Simon, Variety, 20 Aug. 2021 In December, Reeves graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a degree in criminology, psychology, and sociology. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 Muszynski, who relocated to Hastings from Hawaii in June 2020, is incorporating the study of honeybees into her lesson plans as assistant professor of psychology and sociology at Hastings College. Arkansas Online, 15 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sociology

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sociology

French sociologie, from socio- + -logie -logy

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23 Sep 2022

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“Sociology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sociology. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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sociology

noun
so·​ci·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsō-sē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce sociology (audio) , ˌsō-shē- How to pronounce sociology (audio) \
plural sociologies

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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