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The sociology program at Curry College will offer you an in-depth look at contemporary human society, in addition to, its culture and social institutions. 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.
A degree in sociology is an excellent degree for just about any field that deals with social relations, from social service to business. Sociology students gain an awareness of social life, social context and social interactions. There are too many venues to list that would match the sociological perspective, which is a crucial one to have to understand today's multi-ethnic and multinational business, government or social service environment.
An undergraduate sociology major provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education and social class that affect work and how organizations operate. It also develops real world problem solving skills drawn from the study of this field and applied in various social settings.
Experience the Real World
Through the Curry College internship program as a sociology major, you will gain experience in a wide range of fields, helping you find your career focus. Curry students have interned at sociology-related and community service/non-profit organzations such as:
- Brockton Addiction Center
- Boston Juvenile Court
- Family Nurturing Program
- The May Institute
- Massachusetts Department of Social Services
- The Key Program
- Project Bread
- Father Bill's Shelter
- Rosie's Place
- Habitat for Humanity
..and many more.
Sociology as a MAJOR
In your sociology courses you will examine customs, norms, roles and the overall organization of contemporary society. Within this context the following themes will emerge:
- The social facts and problems associated with inequality, emphasizing age, gender, race, ethnicity and social class.
- Social groups and institutions from family to bureaucracy, emphasizing health care, education and social policy.
- Methods of social change for individuals and groups confronting social change, conflict and differences in wealth and power.
Sociology as a MINOR
A sociology minor offers you the opportunity to combine the study of sociology with a major in any other discipline. This multidisciplinary approach can prepare you for a wide range of careers in community-based organizations, law enforcement settings, corporations, or non-profit organizations.
- Social Work
This concentration focuses on the study of social work practice with emphasis on the historical and philosophical values of social welfare in the United States.
- Survivor/Witness/Victim Advocacy
This 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.
*Alternatively, a student may design an individually initiated concentration, subject to review and approval of the sociology faculty.
Get Started Today!
Visit campus and explore Curry's sociology program in person. You also may request information to learn more about the major, minor or concentration of your choice. When you're ready to apply to Curry, we'll help you get started.
Contact the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department:
Hafer Building, Room 305
Working as an intelligence analyst for the FBI, Criminal Justice and Sociology Professor, Dr. Aaron Arnold, focused on nuclear proliferation financing. So Dr. Arnold's students learn more than just theory, but lessons also based on real world experiences.