Simply put, sociology is the study of human interaction and group behavior. What distinguishes sociology from the other disciplines within the social sciences is not the subject matter studied but the approach. Sociologists are primarily concerned with the social context and strucutre behind almost any aspect of social life.
Some of the main areas of inquiry in sociology are institutions and organizations, world systems, gender, race and class inequality, sexuality and aging, the family, crime and criminal justice, deviance, education, enivronment, social change and many more topics. There literally is a "sociology of everything"!
Sociological research not only informs academia, but is also used in shaping public policies- helping in social change and illuminating the social structure behind our lives.
Your choice to take a sociology class will be one of the most exciting of you educational career. You will be challenged, asked to think outside of your own experiences and also see that you are already a sociologist!
Get ready to embark on a great journey!