Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Program Contact: Catherine Richards Solomon   203-582-5264

American society is in the midst of rapid social change, which affects all of our social institutions. Families, schools, the economy and health care systems are all undergoing significant changes. Students in this major study and analyze this change and explore potential solutions to a number of societal problems.

Through all of our classes, Sociology students learn to witness and then scientifically examine invisible structural forces and how these affect organizations and individuals. Sociology majors learn to analyze broader social trends, such as trends in illness and wellness, changes in marriage and family formations, rates of educational attainment or patterns of hiring in organizations, with the goal of connecting and applying these observations in everyday interactions. As a discipline, sociological skills can be used to study nearly any aspect of social life—schooling, health and well-being, religious devotion, immigration patterns and hip-hop, to name a few.

Faculty members in the Sociology program offer a breadth of courses in sociological areas from which students can choose, such as education, culture, family, gender, health, immigration, media, medicine, religion, social change, deviance and social services. Because we study community, we are also good at creating it. In the sociology 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.

In the Sociology major, all students take the same core classes, including courses that show students how to apply their sociological skills to real-world situations, particularly the internship course. The internship requirement is one of the program’s capstone experiences, through which students apply their sociological skills to a real world setting. 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 prepared to continue their education or assume careers in areas including teaching, social work, public administration, health care, law and criminal justice.

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 course work 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 course work in such areas as sociology or anthropology of medicine, death and dying, disability, illness and mental health. Through this course work, 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.

BA in Sociology Curriculum 

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, students majoring in Sociology must meet the following requirements for graduation:

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 Community3
SO 382Studying Social Issues with Statistics (GT 382) 13
SO 385Senior Capstone (GT 385)3
Select 6 electives 218
Total Credits37

If students take MA 206 to fulfill the university quantitative literacy requirement, MA 206 can be used to fulfill the sociology statistics requirement. The sociology statistics course (SO 382) cannot be used for the university quantitative literacy requirement.


One of the electives could include AN 101, or AN 102, or AN 103; and one could be a criminal justice (CJ) course, so long as it is not cross-listed with sociology.

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 Seminar in the Community3
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)
Counseling Older Clients (GT 325)
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
Bones, Genes, and Everything In Between: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology
Ancient Food For Thought
Anthropology of Health and Medicine
Tales from the Crypt: Research Methods in Bioarchaeology
and Research Methods in Bioarchaelogy Lab
The Science of Human Diversity
Sociology of the Aged (GT 263)
Population and Society
Illness and Disability
Death, Grief & Bereavement (GT 305)
Case Management (GT 315)
Counseling Older Clients (GT 325)
Drugs, Alcohol and Society (CJ 333)
Sociology of Mental Illness
Total Credits9

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.