Sociology is the study of human relationships in societies. It emphasizes the study of social organization, culture, change, and social problems which develop within societies. Students studying sociology learn how people are influenced by the social world and how people act as creators of this world. The curriculum is challenging, but it’s exciting to the student who wants to learn more about the influence of others on one’s self, and the influence one can have on others, in recreation, religious, familial, political, educational, or economic groups.
Students majoring in sociology receive a broad general education that assists them in their efforts to help others. The emphasis on application means that students are prepared to work within human services and related fields. Opportunities for internships exist in off-campus government agencies, voluntary associations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. Students who major in sociology find careers in many fields, including education, government, civil rights, politics, community development, human services, and human resources work in business. Sociologists can make a contribution to any organization which needs people who can identify and analyze problems and thus contribute to their resolution. Many graduates seek advanced degrees in sociology, journalism, law, criminology, social work, business, or theology.
A student majoring in sociology must choose a concentration in either social work or community and leadership development. Minors and double majors in related or complementary fields are encouraged—for example, youth development, political science, psychology, or criminal justice.
For more information about the Sociology major, contact Dr. Laurel Davis-Delano of the Social Sciences Department at 413.748.3645 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
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Five-Year Dual Degree Program:
Bachelor's in Sociology and Master's in Social WorkStudents may qualify for an accelerated five-year program at Springfield College that combines an undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Master of Social Work degree.
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