Sociology is the study of society. It is a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies. It is the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. Sociology is the scientific study of how our lives are shaped by social institutions, such as family, schools, religious institutions, mass media, government, etc. It includes the analysis of social issues and problems such as poverty, crime, deviance, racism, sexism, homophobia, as well as the analysis of social change, e.g. through policy, social movements, cultural phenomena, technological innovations, or new ideas and values. A Bachelor's degree in Sociology prepares students to pursue graduate study in sociology and in other related areas such as business law, public policy, urban planning, and social work. It also develops valuable skills in data analysis, social trend research, program evaluation and organizational management that are highly marketable for entry positions and occupational advancement in business, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Sociology graduates enter a wide range of fields, from teaching to advocacy.