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Stop and imagine this for a second: What would happen if the social structures we had today didn't exist? For starters, there wouldn't be a transportation system that takes you to school. Heck, there wouldn't even be a school, since there would be no educational system.

Hold up, don't start jumping up and down with excitement too soon. We're not done yet.

There also wouldn't be any companies to build buildings, manufacture and distribute food, or create video games. So that'd mean no house, no Twinkies, and no Call of Duty for you.

Still into the idea of a zero-social-structure America? Even if you wanted to, you wouldn't, since even 'Merica wouldn't exist. Neither would Shmoop. (Uh-oh, Spaghetti-O.)

Wonder where we're going with all of this? Right. Back on topic. The point is: we need organizations to make the world work, just like we need sociology to understand how the organizations that make the world work, well, work.

The great thing about the sociology major is that you can actually see the practical applications of what you're learning about. (I'm looking at you, mathematicians—when have you ever had to use DeMoivre's theorem or eigenvalues in everyday life?)

As a sociology major, you'll be mostly doing a lot of reading and writing, but you'll also be making observations about how people and groups act within a society. You might even be running experiments on these things. You know, if you go to a really awesome school with a pretty well-developed research program… in which case, um, Shmoop is totally waiting for your Shmoop A-Team Application once you graduate.

Percentage of US students who major in Sociology:


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