Sociology is a very interesting field of study but it has drawn the attention of only a few. Its focus is so diverse that it investigates everything from the most minute to the biggest issues of society. Sociology is defined as the scientific study of society, describing and analyzing patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture of everyday life. As a social science, it uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, acceptance, and change or social evolution. The subject matter of sociology ranges from the micro sociology level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure. The different traditional focuses of sociology include, social stratification, social class, social mobility, religion, secularization, laws, sexuality, gender, and deviance. As all spheres of human activity are affected by the interplay between social structure and individual agency, sociology has gradually expanded its focus to other subjects such as health, medical economy, military and penal institutions, the internet, education, social capital, and the role of social activity in the development of scientific knowledge. The range of social scientific methods has also expanded.

How important is Sociology? It is very vital because Sociology helps us understand that the individual and the society have a dynamic relationship. While institutions impact the individual, people impact the society by their choices and the way they live their lives (American Sociological Society). Sociology teaches us that natural events may really have social causes. Instead of trying to understand human behavior by studying the individual, sociologists look at the wider context at the historical events and the sociological processes that channel individual behavior. Being a sociologist means using what the American Sociologist, C. Wright Mills called your sociological imagination. It means thinking yourself away from everyday experiences and discovering that many apparently purely personal events are the products of something vastly more substantial.

Careers in Sociology

Sociologists and Sociology majors learn to think critically about social problems and social phenomena. They are taught to investigate the problems around them. They apply problem-solving skills to these social dilemmas and exercise their creative abilities to find remedies. Their exposure and training in research make them fit for varied job opportunities like becoming a researcher, data analyst, legal assistant, demographer, resource planner, Human Resource Officer, training specialist, ethnographer, professor, etc.

Institutions Offering Sociology in the Philippines

Bachelor’s Program

  • Ateneo De Manila University — Quezon City
  • Ateneo De Davao University
  • Bicol University-Daraga Campus
  • Bukidnon State University
  • Camarines Norte State College-Main
  • CAP College Foundation
  • Caraga State University-Main Campus
  • Central Mindanao University
  • De La Salle University-Manila
  • Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University-Main
  • Isabela State University — Cabagan
  • Mariano Marcos State University — Main
  • Mindanao State University — General Santos
  • Mindanao State University — Marawi
  • Mount Carmel College
  • Mount Carmel College-Baler
  • Notre Dame University
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  • Siliman University
  • Ramon Magsaysay Memorial College — Marbel Inc.
  • St. Paul University Surigao
  • Tagoloan Community College
  • The Rizal Memorial Colleges
  • University of Eastern Philippines
  • University of San Carlos
  • University of Santo Tomas
  • University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • University of the Philippines-Los Baños
  • University of the Philippines — Visayas
  • Valencia Colleges — Bukidnon
  • Westmead International School
  • Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan)

Master’s Program

  • Ateneo de Manila University — Quezon City
  • Asian Social Institute
  • Bukidnon State University
  • Central Philippine University
  • De La Salle University — Manila
  • Mindanao State University — Iligan Institute of Technology
  • Negros Oriental State University —  Main Campus
  • Siliman University
  • University of the Philippines — Diliman
  • University of the Philippines — Los Baños
  • Visayas State University
  • Wesleyan University —  Philippines (Cabanatuan)
  • Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan)

PhD Program

  • Ateneo de Manila University — Quezon City
  • De La Salle University — Manila
  • University of the Philippines — Diliman
  • Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan)