Undergraduate Areas of Study

Major in 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. Sociology majors can choose from a number of specialized concentrations, such as General Sociology, Crime & Justice, Youth & Community, and Health & Society.

Major in Politics, Philosophy & Economics
This new interdisciplinary program, the first of its kind in the Boston area, prepares students to grapple with current and enduring social issues, with coursework spanning policy, ethics, and economics.

Government Major
The Suffolk University Government Department seeks to cultivate thoughtful, active, and responsible global citizens. Courses are intended to help students gain a foundational understanding of how institutions, ideas, and ideology shape politics, policy, and decision-making. Students may choose among four concentrations, including International Relations, American Politics, Law and Public Policy, and Political Theory.

The Government Department prepares undergraduate students for further study in graduate or professional schools, as well as careers in government, business, not-for-profit, and politics. Students develop expertise through a wide range of courses, close attention from faculty, student-driven research, and public service.

Public Service Minor
This introduction to the field of public management teaches students how to lead a publicly controlled institution and how to contribute to policy formation and strategic planning. Public service minors accepted into Suffolk’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program can waive up to four courses, enabling them to complete both degrees in only five years.

Law Major
As demand for legal professionals grows, the Law Major offers undergraduates a unique interdisciplinary and cross-school educational experience. Students benefit from professional training and can take electives in a variety of disciplines. The major offers all students excellent preparation for further study in law, public policy, or further graduate work in a range of disciplines.

Certificate in Paralegal Studies
A Certificate offers students a work credential from the American Bar Association approved program. After six classes, students are ready to step into a law firm government agency or other law-related placement and get to work as a paralegal.

Graduate Areas of Study

Master of Science in Crime & Justice Studies
This program equips students with the knowledge they’ll need to make real improvements in the criminal justice system and agencies that work with justice-involved peoples. Suffolk’s community-oriented program is pragmatic and career-oriented, and emphasizes the impact of crime on victims as well as criminals. Concentrations are available in Victim Advocacy and Youth, Crime & Justice; you can also pursue a dual degree with a Master in Mental Health Counseling, Master in Public Administration, or Juris Doctor.

Master of Science in Political Science
Prepare to build a career advocating for issues and outcomes in local government, national politics, or international affairs. This program combines hands-on experience with academic rigor. Students choose between two distinct concentrations: Professional Politics or International Relations, as well as a dual degree with a Master in Public Administration.

Master of Science in Ethics & Public Policy
Is torture ever justiļ¬ed? Are whistleblowers heroes? When should the government be allowed to monitor our email exchanges? How do we strike a balance between keeping ourselves safe and preserving basic democratic principles? Combining coursework in philosophy, government, public administration, and business, this degree program trains students to identify and think through such complex issues.

Master of Public Administration
As one of the nation’s top-tier academic programs in public administration and one of only five New England schools fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), Suffolk students learn to anticipate, respond to, and lead change. Our program emphasizes flexibility, including multiple concentrations and dual degrees with Mental Health Counseling, Political Science, Crime and Justice Studies, and Juris Doctor.

Juris Doctor
Students can choose to target their studies around specific areas of focus such as Civil Rights & Human Rights Law, Immigration Law, or Criminal Law, among others, and gain hands-on world-changing experience in Suffolk Law’s nationally ranked clinical programs.