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Sociology is a discipline that seeks to understand the ways in which individuals with diverse characteristics live in a collective society and to find alternative methods for the betterment of society. Therefore, sociology is the most basic science in liberal arts and social sciences and has a close relationship with related studies.

Not only are the various theories and methodologies presented in sociology applied to other liberal arts and social sciences, but also the various arguments and assertions discussed in these sciences are reincorporated back into sociology. Because of these characteristics, sociology emphasizes the theoretical approach to the society in which we live. This theory is not separated from the reality but is constantly verified through empirical analysis and then undergoes the relevant reconstruction process. In other words, it is the academic goal of sociology to reach a more systematic understanding of society as a whole through exploring concrete and realistic problems occurring in various areas of society.

The Department of Sociology at Yonsei University was established in 1972 within the College of Liberal Arts and was transferred to the College of Social Science in March 2004.

Detailed Major and Focus Areas

The focus areas of the Department of Sociology can be largely divided into three fields: methodology, theory, and major particulars.

Methodology field
Students will learn various social research techniques such as questionnaires and interviews, and learn how to analyze data collected through surveys.
Theoretical field
This area covers the basic theories of social composition and change, including classical social theory and current social theory.
Major Particulars field
This focus area is divided into general major courses (3000 level units) and advanced/intensive major courses (4000 level units).

Prospects and Career Paths Post-Graduation

In the current society of knowledge and information, the importance of sociological intellect will become even more important. Therefore, it is expected that sociology major graduates will become more diverse and take an important role in our society.

The following are some of the most important aspects of post-graduation careers.

1. Entry into academia

Sociology is a basic academic discipline in liberal arts and social sciences, so it can encompass a wide range of fields such as political science, business administration, education, social welfare, and public administration when entering academia.

2. Entry into society

Graduates can choose from a wide range of opportunities including regular corporations, civil service, politics, broadcasting, journalism, culture, finance, teaching, and accounting. Recently, along with the noticeable advancement of journalism and advertising, there is a strong tendency to prefer freelance jobs.

3. Since the addition of the sociology field in the administrative examination, entry into civil service has also made up a significant portion of graduates’ career choices, and female alumni, in particular, are becoming more active and expanding their presence in various fields.