Sociology is the study of human relationships in societies. It emphasizes the study of social organization, culture, change, inequality 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 leisure, religious, family, political, educational, health care, media or economic settings.
Students majoring in sociology receive a broad general education that assists them in their efforts to help others. 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 sociology find careers in many fields, including education, government, civil rights, politics, community development, social work, human services, and human resources work in business. Sociologists can make contributions to organizations that need people who can identify and analyze problems and thus contribute to their resolution, and to organizational success. Many graduates seek advanced degrees in sociology, journalism, law, criminology, social work, business, theology, psychology, public policy, and political science.
A student majoring in sociology has an option to pursue a concentration in Social Work. Minors and double majors in related or complementary fields are encouraged- for example, political science, psychology, or criminal justice.
For more information on the Sociology major and the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, click here.
To view a major program sequence to assist with course planning, click here.
Are you interested in a law school degree? Pre-law advising is available to any student interested in pursuing a law school degree. Contact Professor Thomas Carty, pre-law advisor, at (413) 748-3254. Click here to learn more.
5-year Combined Masters in Social Work / B.S. Program - Qualified students at Springfield College who are majoring in Sociology may be eligible for the 5-year combined B.S./M.S.W. dual degree program. Students, in consultation with their undergraduate advisor, will structure their coursework early in their undergraduate career so that a required 18 semester hours of Social Work foundation coursework may be taken in the senior year. Please contact Dr. Susan Joel at (413) 748-3349 for additional information on the BS/MSW program. Click here to learn more.
For more information about the 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.
General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)
The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being.
For specific requirements, see the General Education Program - Traditional Undergraduate Students (40 - 46 credits) section.