Sociology courses focus on the relationship between social behavior and the institutions of human society. Students study the relationship between the individual and culture, the stratification of individuals into groups, and how social institutions, such as the family, education, and political systems, develop, operate, breakdown and get repaired. Courses, which encompass social justice issues such as diversity, welfare, child protection, gender-related violence and environmental concerns, attempt to show students how they can contribute to the development of a more just and equitable society. Skills emphasized in the major are essential to the maintenance of social services including community development, political organizing, volunteer management, advocacy, fund raising, small group facilitation, and educational programming. Sociology graduates can pursue graduate work in Masters of Social Work programs, Masters programs in sociology or management, or enter law school. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the Social Sciences Department.