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Major Requirements

Sociology majors take five (5) required courses and five (5) elective courses for a total of ten (10) courses.

The following five (5) courses are required of all Sociology majors:

  • SOC1000        The Sociological Imagination
  • SOC2000        Social Inequality – Class, Gender, and Race (SP)    
  • SOC3000W     Social Theory (FA)
  • SOC3100        Research Methods (FA)
  • SOC3550        Statistics (SP)

The Department strongly recommends that Sociology majors take SOC3000W, SOC3100, and SOC3550 by the end of their junior year.

Sociology majors’ five (5) electives may be chosen from the following:

  • SOC1500        Success and the American Dream
  • SOC1600        Happiness
  • SOC1700        Social Problems, Creative Solutions
  • SOC1800        Tough Choices, Conflicting Values
  • SOC1900        Addictive Society
  • SOC2050        Social Work
  • SOC3150        Social Movements
  • SOC3300W    Sociology of Education
  • SOC3370        Urban Sociology
  • SOC3400        Population Problems
  • SOC3450        Sociology of the Family
  • SOC3600        Sociology of Health
  • SOC3625        Crossing Borders: Sociology of Immigration
  • SOC3800       Sociology of Gender
  • SOC3850        Sociology of Aging
  • SOC4000        Internship

A maximum of two (2) of the five (5) electives may be taken from the following list of cognate courses (please note that some cognate courses have prerequisites):

  • CRM####       Criminology courses (with approval of Sociology                                    Department chair)
  • HIS2329         American Social History
  • HIS3390         Modern European Social History
  • PHL2700        Philosophy of the Social Sciences 
  • POL2121        Public Administration and Public Policy 
  • POL3122        Issues in Public Policy 
  • POL3131        Polling and Public Opinion 
  • PSY2200        Social Psychology 
  • PSY3250        Cultural Psychology 
  • WGS2010       Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • WGS2200       Gender and Social Movements
  • WGS3100       Feminist Theory
  • WGS3140       Studies in Masculinities
  • WGS3250       Sex and Gender Studies
  • WGS3420       Gender, Race and the Media
  • WGS3830       Gender and Global Health
  • WGS4100       Gender Studies
  • WRT2020W    Writing for Social Change

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In addition to the required and elective courses in Sociology, the Department recommends that students develop proficiency in a second language as part of their undergraduate education. Languages in which there is a sociological literature and which are taught at Merrimack College include French, Italian, and Spanish. Sociology majors are also encouraged to pursue a course of study that involves a double major or a minor.

Sociology majors also have a wide choice, depending on career intentions, on selecting a minor. Often Sociology majors select a minor in one of the related social science departments such as Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Women’s and Gender Studies, or Criminology. But again, a major in Sociology may also decide to minor in a discipline outside the social sciences or outside the liberal arts either in business, or in the natural sciences. For those wishing to pursue a career in public health, for example, a double major or minor in Biology or Health Sciences makes sense. For those who wish to work in the area of human resources, a double major or minor in Business is a sensible option to consider. For students considering careers in social work or human services, a double major or minor in World Languages and Cultures, especially Spanish, is advisable. In today’s post-modern, global society, the sociological perspective provides a valuable type of critical thinking and informed analysis that is increasingly required in other areas of study. In addition to the major and minor programs in the Department, Sociology students also may create a self-designed major that allows them to do interdisciplinary work with a strong sociological focus.



Michael DeCesare, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Sullivan Hall 303A



Shiela Breen

Administrative Assistant 

Sullivan Hall 303