What is Sociology?

The study of sociology gives the student an understanding and appreciation of the nature of society, social institutions, and people as social beings and creators of culture.

Through systematic investigation and analysis, students gain knowledge and insight into the complex relationships found in the modern world. Students are then better prepared to make intelligent judgments in their own lives and to contribute more effectively to society and the world.

Sociology as a Foundation

Sociology provides a background for pursuing further study in sociology, business, law, social work, social services, counseling, communications and other related areas. Beyond gaining knowledge in the classroom, the sociology program works closely with the Meelia Center for Community Engagement to incorporate service-learning into many of our courses. Your experience in the sociology program will regularly challenge you to connect the concepts you are learning in your courses to real world issues facing the community in the Manchester area and beyond. 

Where are Sociology Majors Employed?

A degree in Sociology provides students with a unique critical lens through which to view the world and work setting. This means that sociology majors bring new and innovative ideas into the work place that employers value. Additionally, our use of service-learning in the classroom provides students valuable with real world experiences and social network connections to people working in your future occupational field.

The Sociology program at Saint Anselm prepares students for employment in a wide range of public and private sector occupations in such areas as:

  • management
  • public relations
  • human resources
  • applied research
  • public policy
  • administration
  • teaching

Thinking about Graduate School?

Many of our graduates elect to pursue an advanced degree in sociology or a related field. Our curriculum prepares students to enter graduate programs by providing them with on the ground research experience in our senior seminar course and gives them the statistical background necessary to excel in graduate level statistics courses. Students may also seek out additional research experience by working as research assistants on faculty research projects or making use of the various funded student research opportunities.

Sociology is the scientific study of human social life, groups, and societies.  The study of Sociology gives the student an understanding and appreciation of the nature of society, social institutions, and people as social beings and creators of culture. Students in the major explore dimensions of social life and raise questions, synthesize information, analyze data, and present conclusions. Through systematic investigation and analysis, students gain knowledge and insight into the complex systems of relations constituting the modern world. Thus, students will be better prepared to make intelligent decisions in their own lives and to contribute more effectively to shaping society and the world.

Major requirements include:

  • SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SO 211 - Research Methods
  • SO 212 - Social Statistics
  • SO 325 - Sociological Theory
  • SO 453 - Senior Seminar

  • Additional 4 Sociology electives (excluding SO 150, SO 352, SO357, SO359, SO450, SO451, SO 481, and SO 485).

Major Course Sequence:

Students typically begin with SO101 in the first year, followed by SO 325 in their sophomore year, SO 212 in their sophomore or junior year, SO 211 in the first semester of the junior year, and SO453 in the senior year. Sociology electives may be taken at any time. Students are highly encouraged to take a one (SO 481) or two course (SO 485) internship in their senior year.

Sample Course Sequence for Sociology Majors:
Freshman Year  
Fall Spring
HU - 103 Conversatio  I HU 104 - Conversatio  II
SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology EN 105 - Freshman English
Elective or Core SO Elective
Language Language or Core
   
Sophomore Year  
Fall Spring
SO 325 - Social Theory SO 212 - Social Statistics
Historical Reasoning Aesthetic Engagement
Scientific Reasoning SO Elective or Core
Language or Elective Elective
   
Junior Year  
Fall Spring
SO 211 - Research Methods SO Elective
SO 344 - Global Society (core) SO Elective
Philosophical/Theological Reasoning Philosophical/Theological Reasoning
Core/Elective Elective
   
Senior Year  
Fall Spring
SO 481 - Sociology Internship SO 453 - Senior Seminar
SO Elective SO 481 - Sociology Internship
Philosophical/Theological Reasoning Philosophical/Theological Reasoning
Elective Elective

 

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