What will I learn?

The sociological perspective helps us to recognize that individuals’ lives are shaped by society. Sociologists learn to see social patterns in individual behavior and to apply scientific reasoning to all aspects of social life. Areas of special interest include the family, education, the economy, poverty, social inequality, social change, and deviance. While contemporary American society is the main focus of the major, comparative and cross-cultural approaches are also included. The unique perspective and insight offered by sociology provide a significant opportunity to understand forces that shape and determine our lives. Research and writing skills are emphasized, and students have an opportunity to conduct their own research. Students may choose to concentrate in Crime and Society. Students may also pursue teacher certification at the elementary level by also majoring in Elementary Education.

Career Opportunities

The sociology major provides an excellent background for careers in social services, teaching, career counseling, personnel management, insurance, school administration, health administration, police, courts, and corrections.

Program Objectives

Demonstrate an ability to conduct research on a social issue in a way that lends itself to practical application in a number of fields, including business, criminal justice, government, and in social services.
Ability to identify, define, and discuss the social significance of key sociological variables and apply them to real-world issues.
Ability to identify and define social patterns and their effect (or impact) on social institutions and organizations.
Demonstrate an ability to apply social analysis in discussion of social change.
Successfully apply social theory and methods within completion of an internship in preparation for a meaningful career.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$35,454.00 per year
The above tuition fee is based on 12-18 credit hours per term; given fee is for 2019 – 2020 and it may be subject to change in future

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020, 19 January 2021

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

1215 Wilbraham Road,

SPRINGFIELD,

Massachusetts,

01119, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

For international students

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

Undergraduate students can use any of the following standardized tests to meet our English language requirement:

TOEFL - 79 IBT

IELTS - 6

PTE Academic - 53

STEP Eiken - Pre-1

iTEP – 4

Admission is on rolling basis.

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About this uni

The WNE campus is spread across a spectacular 215-acre area and was voted number 11 on a list of the 30 most beautiful campuses to visit in the fall.

  • 90% of graduates are in jobs or further study
  • WNE University has over 70 clubs and groups for students
  • WNE boasts a 4,500-seat multipurpose, outdoor sports stadium
  • USD 90 million has been invested in new campus facilities