Sociology is the scientific study of social life. In particular, sociology examines how membership in different groups and interactions with social structures and social institutions affect our daily lives. Sociologists study questions such as: Why do women earn less than men? What effect does poverty have on health? How do couples decide who is responsible for household chores? Are married people happier than single people? Why are so many neighborhoods racially segregated? Why do individuals commit crime? How does a prison record affect a person's chances of getting a job? At UB, we offer courses related to a wide variety of social problems and institutions including family, gender, race, social class, the city, law, social policy, crime, health, organizations, aging populations, and the environment. Training in sociology prepares students for a wide variety of professional careers as well as active, enlightened participation in local, national, and world affairs.