Sociology

Sociology


Sociology is a diverse social science that brings both qualitative and quantitative ("scientific") methods to bear on understanding human and group or institutional behavior. The focus is on understanding the impact of social, cultural or interactional contexts on behavior.

Students who major in sociology have the opportunity to look at various substantive areas in the discipline and have ample opportunity to explore personal interests. Faculty specialization and teaching interests include economic stratification, race and ethnicity, crime and deviance, family dynamics, the workplace, sports, community, mass media, population, and environmental problems (see comprehensive list of Courses here).

COURSE WORK: The courses required for the major are well explained in the Academic Catalog.

CAREER INFO: Career options for students obtaining a bachelor’s degree in sociology are diverse. It is the basis for pursuing a Master’s or Doctorate degree in sociology, leading to careers in academia, research or applied sociology. Students with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology also find themselves in entry level corporate, non-profit organization and government agency jobs. The American Sociological Association is an excellent source of information about the value of majoring in sociology. Check out the resources available here: ASA Undergraduate Resources.

INTERNSHIPS: The BU sociology faculty strongly recommends internship during the Junior or Senior year, especially for students that are not planning on pursuing graduate study in sociology. Interns secure placement in a wide variety of settings based on future career interests. In consultation with the faculty internship supervisor and the supervisor at the internship site, we aim to make sure the student has a rewarding and enriching experience and one in which the tools of the sociological perspective are employed.