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Sociology

Overview

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.

In This Program

You will: 

  • 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.
  • Critical thinking skills necessary to create innovative solutions to difficult social problems

Student Testimonial

"As a sociology major at FSU, 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."  - Katie Comeau, 2014

Examples of Student Work 

  • “Communications Technologies and Interpersonal Relationships” (FSU Honors thesis)
  • Student Perceptions of the North of Main Neighborhood in Fitchburg, MA (Research projects 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)

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities for those with a degree in Sociology include:

  • 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

Experiential Opportunities 

You have the opportunity to do an internship as part of your sociology major. We place students at a wide variety of internship sites including city and state agencies (Department of Children and Families; the Fitchburg Mayor's Office), as well as with groups focusing on healthcare (Lowell Community Health Center; the Joint Coalition on Health), law (Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; UMASS Amherst Student Legal Services Office), disability (Arc of Opportunity; Cardinal Cushing Centers), mental and behavioral health (Devereux; YOU, Inc.), as well as many others.

Requirements and Curriculum

Sociology, B.A.
Sociology, B.S.

(both BA and BA programs coordinated by Patricia Arend)

Course Rotation Cycle (PDF)

Minor 

Sociology 

Faculty

All full-time faculty are listed in the Faculty Profiles

Department Home Page

Links to Professional Organizations

For more information and to apply, go to admissions.