Undergraduate Areas of Study
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.
Suffolk students benefit from this interdisciplinary major, which draws from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. This major also requires a practicum—a hands-on learning experience where real-world environmental challenges are solved. Environmental studies majors have completed theirs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sierra Club, Youth Climate Action Network, and Greenpeace.
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
In this introduction to the field of public management, students learn how to lead a nonprofit or 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.
The Law Major offers undergraduates a unique interdisciplinary and cross-school educational experience. Students benefit from professional training enabling them to immediately enter the workforce as paralegals. The major offers all students excellent preparation for further study in law, public policy, or further graduate work in a range of disciplines.
Graduate Areas of Study
Master in Healthcare Administration
Those looking for a leadership role in the healthcare hotbed of Boston now have an eminent master’s program to help them achieve their goals. In late 2016, Suffolk’s Master in Healthcare Administration program earned the highest mark of approval: accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
Suffolk’s offering is the only CAHME-accredited MHA program in New England. To put that into further perspective, the only accredited MHA programs in New York are at Cornell and Columbia.
Master in Mental Health Counseling
This program helps students gain core counseling, case conceptualization, diagnostic, and treatment planning skills that can be applied at a range of community mental health settings, including clinics, hospitals, prisons, college counseling centers, and day treatment programs. Students will also gain practical clinical experience in a required internship and practicum, too—necessary preparation for becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts. (Also available as an MS/MPA Dual Degree.)
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.
Master of Science in Political Science
Prepare to build a career advocating for issues and outcomes in local government, national politics, or international affairs. Students choose between two distinct concentrations: Professional Politics or International Relations. A dual degree with a Master in Public Administration is also available.
Suffolk Law students with a passion for health can follow the health and biomedical law concentration, or choose a more flexible “area of focus” such as environmental and energy law, health and biomedical law, torts and personal injury law, or juvenile and family law, among others. While earning a JD, Suffolk Law students can gain practical experience in our nationally ranked clinical programs, where student-attorneys help represent real-world clients in areas like health law, family advocacy, and more.