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From cross cultural variation in families to urban population dynamics, students will take courses that will develop their ability to analyze different situations and set them up for success in a variety of people-centered career paths.

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The sociology program at Curry College will offer you an in-depth look at contemporary human society including: group dynamics and social networks; social institutions like law, medicine, and education; migration and globalization; and intersectional identities. The course work brings together the disciplines of anthropology, with its cross-cultural perspectives; sociology, with its emphasis on American institutions and social issues; and social work and social policy, with its focus on intervention and social problems.

Courses You'll Love

Community Policing
Criminology Goes to the Movies
Fraud Examination and Deterrence
Hate Crimes and Hate Groups
Human Diversity in Criminal Justice
Justice and Human Rights Advocacy
Social Movements and Social Action
Transnational Crime and Corruption

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The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Community Organizer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Data/Research Analyst
  • Detective
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • Federal/State/Local Law Enforcement Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Rehab Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Victim Advocate
  • Youth and Family Counselor

Our Alumni in the Field

Recent internship locations include the Boston Police Department, COMPASS Alternative School, D.A. Victim Advocacy Unit, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Governor’s Office, and more.

Our alumni are leading the way at:

  • E*TRADE Financial Corporation
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Justice Policy Institute
  • Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
  • SecurAmerica
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • And more!

For the sociology course offerings, 1000-level courses provide a comprehensive descriptive overview at the introductory level, 2000-level courses provide an in-depth specialized study of a particular case, area, or social phenomenon and introduce theoretical perspectives and 3000-level courses analyze case materials applying theory critically in specific cases and consider the consequences of various theories on social policy and strategies for social change.

Any 2000-level sociology course is a prerequisite for any 3000-level sociology course. Any student who has grounds to request a waiver of this requirement may do so by contacting the Chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice. This request must be made prior to enrolling in the upper-level sociology course.

Grade Requirements for Sociology Majors:

Students who major in Sociology must achieve a grade of C- or above in all core courses in the major. If a student receives a lower grade than a C-, that student will need to repeat the course.

Prerequisite:

SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology:
The Sociological Imagination
3


Requirements for Sociology Major:

SOC 2130 Sociological Theory 3
SOC 2200 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOC 2470 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality 3
SOC 2510 Social Movements and Social Action 3
SOC 2600 Methods in Social Research 3
SOC 2760 Wealth, Poverty, and Social Class 3
SOC 3900 Senior Seminar: Doing Sociology 3
21


Requirements in related areas (3 credits):

MATH 1150 Statistics I
OR
SOC/CJ 1140 Quantitative Data Analysis
for the Social Sciences


Electives:

Students must also take 3 courses (9 credits), at least one from the 3000-level. These courses may also be used toward a concentration.

Students can earn a minor in Sociology by taking SOC 1000: Introduction to Sociology and four courses in the sociology curriculum at the 2000-level or above, with at least one course at the 3000-level.

Research

Present your research at the Eastern Sociological Society or co-author your findings with a faculty member. Through the capstone project and other opportunities, students are able to delve into a topic of their choice to further their knowledge.

Internships

Position yourself to gain hands-on experience in the field that you love. Recent internship locations include the Boston Police Department, COMPASS Alternative School, D.A. Victim Advocacy Unit, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Governor’s Office, and more.

Sociology majors are encouraged to experiential learning in fieldwork settings to observe social life and institutions and to participate in programs and projects designed to develop critical understandings of our society.

  1. Completion of EXP 2340 or SOC/CJ 2340, Introduction to Experiential Learning, with a grade of C or better;
  2. A 2.75 cumulative average overall;
  3. A 3.0 average in the major;
  4. No outstanding “Incomplete” in an earlier field placement.

Additionally, Sociology students electing to do an internship are required to take the co-requisite:

  • SOC 3450 SM - Sociology Internship Seminar

Mission:

The Sociology program at Curry College offers students the opportunity to look at small-scale interactions of daily life and the large- scale organization and functions of social institutions in various settings and societies. Students gain insight into how the social world transcends individuals in historically evolving structural and cultural patterns. The program enables students to understand the influence of diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation) and inequality on their lives and the lives of others. These influences will be framed under the larger themes of social justice and global awareness, with an emphasis on social construction and the ways in which these constructions create boundaries that categorize, separate, advantage, or marginalize people. Using the knowledge gained from this perspective, students will better understand how people live together and give meaning to their own actions and attribute meaning to others’ actions. Students will be able to think critically about solutions to social problems in the United States and globally. Students will gain a deeper understanding and awareness about themselves and the wider world and acquire knowledge and skills that are useful personally and professionally (e.g., human services, social work, criminal justice, politics, and business). The program and its faculty encourage community service and internships.

Explain how sociology differs from other social sciences and demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships between individuals, communities, and the broader society:

  1. Explain and apply the concept of the sociological imagination and evaluate how social factors influence individuals’ behavior, life chances, and life choices.
  2. Differentiate between micro and macro levels of analysis and describe the reciprocal relationship between the two.
  3. Explain the process of socialization and analyze how socialization shape the development of the self and influence culture and society.

Compare and contrast different methodologies and theoretical perspectives and articulate the relationship between sociological theory and sociological research:

  1. Define major sociological theories classic and contemporary and apply sociological theory to explain social problems and social life.
  2. Explain the role of theory in knowledge production and the reciprocal relationship between theory and research.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills and knowledge of research methods to evaluate sociological research.
  4. Be able to ask and answer sociological questions through gathering and analyzing data.

Explore the social processes through which power is allocated and how this leads to privilege or marginalization:

  1. Explain the sociological relevance of inequalities related to race, ethnicity, nation, class, ability, and gender and/or sexuality.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of inequality at both the individual and structural/systemic levels.
  3. Recognize the role of activism in social change through studying social movements and/or participating in activism.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of global issues and analyze how global processes shape local social structures and individuals.
Mackenzie Rider ’21

With a Love for Science and Sociology, Mackenzie Rider ’21 Charts a Unique Path of Her Own

As a first-year student, Mackenzie Rider started her career at Curry College as a biology major, with the goal of studying dental medicine. But soon, the commuter student from Attleboro discovered a broader journey at the College, filled with the exploration of new interests, opportunities, and experiences. She found a new passion in sociology, and now as a double major has forged forward with as many of her interests as possible.

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5th Year Master's in Criminal Justice

The 5th Year MACJ program is an "honors" level program for students that are interested in earning both an undergraduate degree in any discipline and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. This program is available to all Curry College students, regardless of which bachelor's degree they are working toward earning.

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Criminal Justice Major/Minor

Do you love the law? Want to make a difference by standing up for those who need a voice? Then a criminal justice major or minor may be for you.

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Forensic Science Major/Minor

Curry College is pleased to offer students a major and minor in Forensic Science. Forensic Science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis.

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Law and Society Minor

Students pursuing a minor in Law and Society will be prepared for careers in advocacy, legal research, paralegal studies, and for those who wish to pursue graduate school in law.

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Social Work Minor

The Curry College Social Work minor focuses on the study of social work practice with emphasis on the historical and philosophical values of social welfare in the United States. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to provide social work services in today's diverse environment.

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Women's and Gender Studies Minor

Are you interested in learning about women's experiences, struggles, and accomplishments throughout history? Then a women's and gender studies minor is for you.

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Cybersecurity Minor

A minor in Cybersecurity complements careers in criminal justice/law enforcement, information technology, and software development as well as several other major fields.

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Survivor/Witness/Victim Advocacy

The Survivor/Witness/Victim Advocacy concentration, by promoting empathy and human rights, helps prepare students for careers in informed advocacy for people who have witnessed or have been victimized by crime.

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Criminal Justice Honor Society

Lambda Alpha is the Curry College Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Students must have a 3.2 in the Criminal Justice major and a 3.2 GPA overall to be eligible.

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Sociology Honor Society

The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to promote human welfare through the association of a fellowship group interested in developing scientific knowledge that may be applied to the solution of social problems.

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CJSO

The Criminal Justice Student Organization (CJSO) provides a place for students interested in Criminal Justice to explore the field in a variety of ways with other students who share a common interest.

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DuBois Sociology Club

The W.E.B Dubois Sociology Club guides students to better understand the problems and the needs of our society, people, community, and environment through a sociological perspective.

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Study Abroad

Along with institutional partnerships, you can create your own Study Abroad opportunity, or go global with our own faculty members as part of our Short-term, Faculty-led Courses.

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First-Year Experience

Making the transition to college can be a little confusing and lot of fun. Your First-Year Experience at Curry College helps smooth out the bumps and puts you on the path to success.

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Honors Program

Building on the theme of "culture and identity," the Curry College Honors Program prepares students to be leaders in the profession and in the community.

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Gen Ed

At the heart of Curry College's undergraduate curriculum is our General Education (Gen Ed) Program. Gen Ed is based on our belief in the power and potential of the liberal arts.

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We're excited you're considering our outstanding Curry College academic programs and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.