Sociology examines how individuals, groups and institutions affect each other in a variety of social settings, from the most intimate setting to global international settings.

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Central issues in the discipline include societal inequities due to age, social class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Stritch's Sociology Department provides students with the tools to evaluate theories and research about group behaviors and activities as well as how people behave in groups. The discipline also applies research findings to the development and assessment of social programs and policies.