Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Program Contact: Keith Kerr 203-582-3810
Students interested in careers in therapy, social work and social justice, as well as those interested in law and politics are often attracted to sociology. American society is in the midst of rapid social change, which affects families, schools, the economy, health care systems and social institutions. Students in this major study and analyze this change and explore potential solutions to a number of societal problems.
Sociology majors examine invisible structural forces and learn how these affect organizations and individuals. They analyze broader social trends, including trends in illness and wellness, changes in marriage and family formations, rates of educational attainment or patterns of hiring in organizations. They gain valuable sociological skills, which can be used to study nearly any aspect of social life—schooling, health and well-being, religious devotion, immigration patterns and more. In this major, students find a place to explore and develop their own unique interests and talents with thoughtful mentorship and guidance from faculty in the department.
Within the sociology major, there are two concentrations in which students may elect to enroll: social services or medicine and health. All students take the same core classes, including courses that show students how to apply their sociological skills to real-world situations, particularly the required internship course, which is one of the program’s capstone experiences. Through the close mentorship of our departmental internship coordinator, students gain valuable insight into and experience with how their acquired knowledge and capabilities translate into marketable job skills. The program retains a long list of possible placement sites—from work in schools, hospitals and foster care settings to providing assistance with newly arrived immigrants to working with disadvantaged youth—to ensure that students can match their internship experience to their interests. Students are well prepared to continue their education or assume careers in areas including teaching, social work, public administration, health care, law and criminal justice.