sociology

Sociologists are driven by the need to improve the lives of others. As a sociology major, you’ll study how humans relate to one another and why they thrive—and flounder—in different societies. By asking important questions about human behavior, family structures, socioeconomic differences, and gender gaps, you’ll become a catalyst for social change. Suffolk encourages students to think globally, and you’re urged to challenge the status quo and seek ways to improve our world. Sociologists often go on to careers in government, nonprofits, business, and law. A popular major, this department is the second-largest at Suffolk with a robust faculty and a helpful peer-to-peer tutoring program.

About the Program

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. Our well-connected faculty help students find internships at local courts, youth services centers, law firms, and crisis centers. Suffolk also offers a respected Master’s program in Crime and Justice. You’ll benefit from those resources, most notably our renowned Center for Crime & Justice Research. Suffolk is noted for expertise in:

  • Juvenile justice
  • Men in prison
  • Domestic violence

Choose from concentrations in:

  • General Sociology

    The General Sociology concentration gives students a broad base of knowledge in the social sciences by exploring issues of social injustice, progress, and economic disparity, and human behavior. This is an excellent choice if you’re interested in human services and community advocacy work. The broad base of courses in research, analysis, and the social sciences gives you a strong foundation for graduate work, too.

  • 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, youth development, community justice, criminal justice, victim advocacy, and human services. Suffolk is also home to the renowned Center for Crime & Justice Research. You’ll have the opportunity to work with the center to conduct specialized research projects to assist government agencies, private businesses, community groups, and academic institutions, and local courts.

  • Health & Society

    The Health & Society concentration prepares students for employment in the health care sector. You'll gain an understanding of the ways in which cultural patterns influence bodies and health globally, as well as the health experiences of men, women, children, the elderly, and other populations. Many Health & Society students seek jobs in the health care sector upon graduation. These jobs may be in hospitals, government agencies, insurance companies, and community organizations. Or you can continue your education at the graduate level in education, public health, social work, hospital, or public administration.

  • Youth & Community

    The Youth & Community 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. In addition to sociology and education courses, you will have the opportunity to supplement this coursework with service learning experience and internships. This concentration is designed to prepare students for various careers in education-related fields, non-profit agencies, and religious, cultural, and community organizations that specialize in youth outreach and programming.

The Sociology Department also offers a minor in Education Studies.