We believe that the goals of sociology, (originally known as the "science of society"), are consistent with the objectives of the liberal-arts tradition. The sociological lens provides a powerful analytical tool for explaining, predicting, and understanding human behavior. Sociological insights can be applied to virtually every type of group setting, ranging from families, marriages, and small groups to institutions, organizations, and nations.
Sociology is especially relevant for the analysis of the causes and consequences of social change, espcecially social inequality, in a global landscape. We are therefore convinced that students of sociology are in a special position to help to improve the quality of human life. The mission of our program at the University of Pittsburgh is to provide our students with the skills necessary to fight for those who are downtrodden, underserved, and marginalized.