It is important for every educated person to have a basic understanding of sociology. Whether you are interested in changing the world, or just in making some small improvements in the lives of your fellow human beings, you must first understand what the structure of the system is, how social order is maintained, and how social change can be effected. Some students wonder whether they should pursue further study in sociology. The best way to decide is to take a couple of courses in sociology and see if they stimulate your interest. These courses offer in‐depth study in areas such as education, deviance, family, social stratification, and research methodology. In addition to specific research skills, sociology provides a basic understanding of culture and social structures crucial to success in numerous fields and day‐to‐day social interactions.