Prepare for careers that explore the connection between personal experiences and public issues. With a degree in sociology, you’ll gain the skills needed to effect social change and to develop a career for your long-term success.
- Gain a detailed understanding of human relationships in society, including everything from everyday conversations to the most complex group interactions
- Learn the ability to gather and analyze data, to help people better understand their world
- Develop critical thinking skills necessary to create innovative solutions to difficult social problems
In sociology we study topics such as race, gender, poverty, social inequality, culture, crime/deviance, social institutions, and globalization. When you take sociology courses you will study major theories of human behavior in order to gain a better understanding of how our social world is constructed. You will also master the research skills necessary to understand and address key social issues.
Examples of Student Work
- “Communications Technologies and Interpersonal Relationships” (Honors thesis)
- Student Perceptions of the North of Main Neighborhood in Fitchburg, MA (Research project from SOC 3130)
- “Pathways to Veganism: Obstacles of Perception Pertaining to Privilege” (Research proposal in SOC 3130)
- “How Have Black Women Experienced Their Treatment While Giving Birth in Central Massachusetts Hospitals” (Research proposal in SOC 3001)
- “Teacher Burnout: How Can We Help?” (Research proposal in SOC 3001)
- “The experience of African-American students at a small, predominantly white college or university” (Research proposal in SOC 3001)
As a sociology major at Fitchburg State, I was challenged to study and examine our world in new ways, using research and analysis to expose inequality and injustice. I learned about how human societies operated and how all people are affected by the consequences of racism, sexism, and classism. Sociology is a major that can make you well-prepared for a variety of careers.
Curriculum and Other Information
- Students will be able to understand key sociological concepts
- Students will be able to communicate sociological concepts effectively through the use of writing and/or oral skills
- Students will be able to think critically about social skills and social theories
- Students will be able to apply sociology to social life
- Students will develop appropriate skills for conducting sociological research
- Private sector: Market research / advertising, Human resources, Public relations, Survey research, Research analyst
- Government: Census, Drug and alcohol prevention, Probation/parole officer, Social worker, Youth and elderly services, Urban planning, International aid worker
- Non-profit: Community / Union organizer, Non-profit agencies active around issues such as: Race, Poverty, Housing, Policing, Environment, LGBT issues, Immigration