Do you want to make a difference in the world? Prepare yourself with the knowledge and training you need to work for positive social change. As a sociology major, you’ll study how humans relate to one another and why they thrive and flounder in different societies. By learning to ask important questions about human behavior, social inequalities, and institutional structures, you’ll develop the skills to solve problems and add value in a variety of contexts. Suffolk teaches students to think globally, and sociology majors learn to understand and embrace the diversity that powers our interconnected world. Our large Boston area network is a rich source of internships for Sociology students.
Helping the Underserved
Suffolk underscores the importance of real-world experience. In addition to your coursework, juniors and seniors have the chance to engage in practicums to conduct fieldwork and help underserved segments of the population. We are all exposed to a mass culture that demeans communities of color, immigrants, poor families, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as others. Rather than waiting for crises to occur, sociologists seek to understand, and change, the social forces that lead to systematic and interpersonal oppression.
Our well-connected faculty help students obtain internships at a wide range of Boston area sites, including local courts, youth services centers, schools, law firms, hospitals, crisis centers, social service providers, and shelters.
Crime & Justice
The concentration in Crime & Justice gives students the knowledge and skills to be effective in the various fields of adult and juvenile justice, community justice, criminal justice, victim advocacy, and the law. You will have the opportunity to work with the Center for Crime & Justice Research to conduct specialized research projects to assist government agencies, private businesses, community groups, academic institutions, and local courts.
The General Sociology concentration offers students a broad base of social-scientific knowledge by exploring issues of human behavior, social change, cultural diversity, and socio-economic inequalities. This is an excellent choice if you’re interested in human services, policy, or community advocacy work. The broad base of courses in research methods, analysis, and sociological theory gives you a strong foundation for graduate work as well.
Health & Society
The Health & Society concentration gives students an understanding of how social inequalities at all levels influence health across cultures, as well as the health experiences of men, women, children, the elderly, and other populations. Many Health & Society graduates build careers in the fast-growing health care sector, employed in hospitals, government agencies, insurance companies, and community organizations. Or you can go on to graduate school in fields such as public health, social work, hospital administration, or public administration.
Youth & Community Engagement
The Youth & Community Engagement concentration is designed for students who want to work with children, teens, and young adults in a variety of settings. You'll explore the transformative power of education, relationship building, and effective programming to positively impact youth development. This concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in education-related fields, non-profit agencies, and religious, cultural, and community organizations that specialize in youth outreach and programming.
Minors provide the chance for students in any Suffolk major to gain significant knowledge about sociology, education, or related areas of departmental expertise:
- Crime & Justice
- Education Studies
- Health & Society
Students with an excellent academic track record are eligible to obtain both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree at an accelerated rate in the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Crime & Justice Studies (MSCJS) Program. Students in the accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree prorgam are allowed to substitute two graduate-level classes for undergraduate courses. By finishing both degrees in five years, you'll save both time and tuition.