Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Applied Sociology
(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.
Sociology is the study of human relationships in societies. It emphasizes the study of social organization, culture, change, and social problems which develop within societies. Students studying sociology learn how people are influenced by the social world and how people act as creators of this world. The curriculum is challenging, but it’s exciting to the student who wants to learn more about the influence of others on one’s self, and the influence one can have on others, in recreation, religious, familial, political, educational, or economic groups.
Students majoring in applied sociology receive a broad general education that assists them in their efforts to help others. The emphasis on application means that students are prepared to work within human services and related fields. Opportunities for internships exist in off-campus government agencies, voluntary associations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. Students who major in applied sociology find careers in many fields, including education, government, civil rights, politics, community development, human services, and human resources work in business. Applied sociologists can make a contribution to any organization which needs people who can identify and analyze problems and thus contribute to their resolution. Many graduates seek advanced degrees in sociology, journalism, law, criminology, social work, business, or theology.
A student majoring in applied sociology must choose a concentration in either social work or community and leadership development. Minors and double majors in related or complementary fields are encouraged—for example, youth development, political science, psychology, or criminal justice.
B.S. / M.S.W. Program - Students majoring in Sociology may have the option of pursuing a Masters in Social Work degree through an accelerated program offered by the Springfield College School of Social Work.
For more information about the Applied Sociology major, contact Dr. Laurel R. Davis-Delano of the Social Science Department at (413) 748-3645 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.