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Sociology is the scientific study of social life. Sociologists study the structure of societies as well as how they change and interact with one another and impact individuals within them.  They study a broad array of topics including the family, crime, politics, race, gender, and social class. They use methods such as statistical analysis, survey research, ethnography, and content analysis. The results of sociological studies help develop new theories and inform social policy, programs, and laws.

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