Sociology is a social science that studies our behavior as social beings. It covers everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals to the study of global social processes. Often, sociologists are driven to understand and improve the lives of others.
At Suffolk, you can pursue a major in sociology or criminal justice. The Sociology & Criminal Justice Department is home to the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights and the HOPE Connects Experiential Learning Laboratory. You can partner with the faculty experts at these and other resources to conduct important research and fight for positive change in your world.
You can also complement your studies with a minor in education, youth & community studies, or a teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) certificate. Suffolk’s education programs emphasize theory and practice in a multidisciplinary fashion centered on critical exploration of issues of access, equity and inclusion. Our programs prepare students to work ethically, collaboratively, and responsibly in P-12 educational sectors.
Suffolk’s Sociology and Criminal Justice Department is committed to rigorous, cutting-edge scholarship and teaching that are designed to promote social justice. We study and teach about a wide range of social issues and work on these issues in Boston-area schools, prisons, shelters, and communities dealing with crime.
Our research is drawn upon by policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels. We are a diverse department, welcoming, respecting, and holding high expectations for all students. Our faculty provide an education that is both fascinating and practical.
Graduate ProgramsSuffolk’s Master of Science in Crime & Justice Studies programs will get you ready to excel in the career of your choice—corrections, juvenile justice, victim advocacy, court and offender services, probation, policy, or other criminal justice fields.
Earn your crime and justice studies master’s degree right in the heart of downtown Boston, near the State House, City Hall, medical facilities, detention facilities, and municipal and federal courts. Thanks to Suffolk, your co-op and internship opportunities will be unmatched.
"I wouldn't be where I am today in my career if it weren't for the welcoming and supportive environment the faculty at Suffolk provided."