Sociology is a scientific discipline that aims to analyse social cases in all their aspects and provide solution offers for social problems. Today, Turkey is a country which has substantially become urbanized, industrialized, and influenceable from global dynamics. The developing industries in Turkey have increased requirements such as identification of consumption patterns, measurement of social expectations, improvement of relationship between employees; and these circumstances have made sociology a functional scientific discipline that becomes increasingly needed.
Sociology is also a scientific discipline that provides individuals with a strong intellectual background. Sociologists, with their knowledge and opinions, are required in many fields such as industrial production, consumption patterns, media, family, gender, identity, ethnicity, crime, urbanization, politics, and religion. Sociologists have employment opportunities in various industrial enterprises, foundations, institutions, non-governmental organisations, research companies, press and media companies, educational institutions, advertising agencies.
Istanbul Arel University Department of Sociology has been established for the purpose of meeting the increasing need for sociologists, especially in big cities. The Department aims to educate its students so as to graduate them as sociologists who approach to social issues with scientific knowledge and have strong intellectual background, advanced research and problem-solving skills. In order to realize this aim, the Department works in cooperation with other Departments of the University such as Psychology, and provides a multifaceted education in Sociology. In Istanbul Arel University ‘Society Studies Center’, the students have the opportunity to practically apply the theoretical knowledge they acquire.
The undergraduate program has a two-stage course schedule. The first stage of courses includes topics such as basic issues and concepts of sociology, sociological reasoning skills, different theoretical perspectives, basic knowledge that enables interrelation with other social sciences, doing researches by using quantitative and qualitative methods. The second stage includes more comprehensive and detailed studies in the students’ fields of interest. By choosing among rich and diverse elective courses, students specialize in particular subfields of sociology.
The students of Department of Sociology also have the opportunity to get a second undergraduate degree from another Department through Double Major Program or a Minor Certificate from another Department through Minor Program.
The target of Istanbul Arel University Department of Sociology is to graduate its students as “sociologists” who are academically and intellectually well-equipped, and have qualified professional knowledge and skills.