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Are you fascinated by society and the social behavior of groups? Do you want to learn how to use knowledge to help people, such as at-risk youth and the elderly, and to bring about social change? You can make a difference as a sociology major.

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 general degree or choose a concentration in Crime and Justice, Health and Society, or Youth and Community Engagement. The Sociology Department is home to the Center for Restorative Justice and Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights. You can partner with the faculty experts at these resources to conduct important research and fight for positive change in your world.

Vision Statement:

Suffolk’s Sociology 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 sociological issues and work on these issues in Boston-area schools, prisons, homeless shelters, and communities dealing with crime. Our sociological research is drawn upon by policy makers at 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.