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What is sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of people in groups, their patterns and the results of their social interaction.

As a sociology major, you will examine how culture and social structures affect the way people think, feel and act. You will learn to recognize the complex relationship between individuals and society and see how we are shaped by social, cultural, political, economic and historical forces.

Three Reasons to Study Sociology at Merrimack College

  • You will develop important contacts in the field. We offer many hands-on learning opportunities and internships in community, human services, criminal justice and health-related agencies where you can explore your career interests and develop lasting relationships.
  • You will become knowledgeable in social inequality. Our program requires you to take a course on inequality in social class, gender and race making you more aware of the effects of inequality on the life chances of all members of society. 
  • You will be skilled to get a job in a wide variety of fields. You will have the necessary preparation and background to pursue a graduate degree in sociology or find a career in public health, law, social work, education, public administration, social services, criminal justice, human resources, business and more. 



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Michael DeCesare

Chair, Sociology



Shiela Breen

Administrative Assistant