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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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University of California-Santa Barbara
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California State University-Northridge
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University of California-Los Angeles
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University of Washington-Seattle Campus
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California State University-Fullerton
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Arizona State University
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Sociology Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Beinecke Scholarship Program $34,000 February 17, 2017
Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Up to $27,000 October 05, 2016
Wayne F. Placek Grant $15,000 March 01, 2017
Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship $5,000 February 10, 2017
Lowell L. Richards III Memorial Scholarship $5,000 April 28, 2017
Howard Nemerov Writing Scholarship $3,000 January 15, 2017
Executive Council Outstanding Student Award - CSUF Up to $2,500 March 04, 2017
Lyceum Scholars Program $2,500 December 08, 2016
Paul and Marguerite K. Thomas Scholarship in Economics $2,000 February 15, 2017
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students Up to $4,000 November 22, 2016