Sociology is the study of human groups, social interaction, and the causes and effects of social relationships. The Sociology curriculum prepares students for careers which require an understanding of and participation in groups. Students anticipating careers in areas such as professional ministry, business, government, teaching, and criminal justice can particularly benefit from courses in sociology. The curriculum also prepares students for graduate work in sociology. Areas of study include community, family, criminology, race and ethnic relations, sociological research, social stratification and mobility, and social theory.