Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Program Contact: Lauren Sardi  203-582-8215

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.

BA in Sociology Curriculum 

Students majoring in sociology must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
Sociology Core Requirements
SO 101Introduction to Sociology3
SO 205From College to Career (CJ/GT 205)1
SO 244Social Stratification3
SO 290Research Methods (GT 290)3
SO 392Internship in the Community (CJ 392/GT 392)3
SO 382Studying Social Issues with Statistics (GT 382) 33
SO 385Senior Seminar (GT 385)3
Select 6 electives 418
Free Electives16-20
Total Credits120-127

If students wish to focus their electives, they may take three classes (9 credits) of their 6 electives in either a social services concentration or a medicine and health concentration.

Social Services Concentration

For this applied concentration, students must take:

SO 394Advanced Internship in the Community (CJ/GT 394)3
Select three of the following:9
Social Problems
Women in the Criminal Justice System (CJ/WS 232)
Youth Crime (CJ 250)
Social Control and Deviance
Social Welfare Institutions
Program Planning and Administration (GT 270)
Introduction to Social Work (GT 311)
Case Management (GT 315)
Total Credits12

Medicine and Health Concentration

For this concentration, students choose three classes (9 credits) from this list (one course may be from anthropology):

Select three of the following:9
Forensic Anthropology
Sociology of Aging (GT 263)
Population and Society
Illness and Disability
Death, Grief and Bereavement (GT 305)
Case Management (GT 315)
Drugs, Alcohol and Society (CJ 333)
Sociology of Mental Illness
Total Credits9

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will achieve the following competencies:

  1. Diversity awareness: Students learn to identify the perspectives of diverse groups and the effect of group membership on life experiences and life chances.
  2. Social scientific literacy: Students learn the logic of research methodology and be able to understand and critique the results of scientific research generated by scholars in the discipline.
  3. Critical thinking: Students apply disciplinary theories and concepts to interpret various social phenomena and scholarship from multiple perspectives through clear oral and written articulation.
  4. Sociological understanding of society: Students are able to discuss the theories, critical concepts and ideas that form the basis of disciplinary knowledge and will understand how social structure affects the distribution of cultural and material resources across social groups.

Social Services Concentration

A sociology degree with a concentration in social services integrates a traditional liberal arts education with the specialized training and field background for students who intend to pursue a career in social services or pursue graduate education in social work, health-related fields or public administration. Society is increasingly faced with challenges in delivery of social services to a growing set of underserved populations. For students who want to work for a social service agency, for nonprofits who help disadvantaged individuals or families, for mental health and counseling services, in social work or for local and state government, this concentration provides a perfect background. Students focus their coursework in the areas of social institutions, social inequalities and social issues. They also complete an advanced internship in the field, providing them with the experience and expertise to work with a wide range of client needs. For those wishing to pursue graduate education in social work, the concentration provides necessary background course work helpful for success in graduate programs as well as work experience that will help distinguish students in the application process.

Medicine and Health Concentration

In our increasingly diverse nation, there is a growing need for medical professionals who understand how cultural and social factors affect individuals’ health statuses, behaviors and interactions with the medical community. This concentration is well suited for students who wish to pursue careers and/or graduate work in any health-related field: medicine, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention/treatment or nonprofits addressing the mental and physical health of their clients. Students focus their coursework in such areas as sociology or anthropology of medicine, death and dying, disability, illness and mental health. Through this coursework, students learn about the varying medical and health needs of diverse populations, including the causes and consequences of health disparities, that will enable them to improve the health of groups with different cultural and social needs. Students in this concentration may complete their internships in hospitals, hospices or other health-related settings.

Admission Requirements: College of Arts and Sciences

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.