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Sociology majors take five required courses and five elective courses, for a total of ten Sociology courses.

The following five courses are required of all Sociology majors:

SOC 1001    Principles of Sociology
SOC 4300    Social Class in America
SOC 4600    Research Methodology 
SOC 4725    Social Theory
SOC 4740    Statistical Analysis 

The Department strongly recommends that students majoring in Sociology take SOC 4300, SOC 4600, SOC 4725, and SOC 4740 by the end of their junior year.

Sociology majors’ five elective courses may be chosen from the following list of regularly offered courses:

 SOC 2050          Social Work
 SOC 3150         Social Movements
 SOC 3300W     Sociology of Education
 SOC 3370        Urban Sociology
 SOC 3400        Population Problems
 SOC 3450        Sociology of the Family
 SOC 3600        Sociology of Health
 SOC 3850        Sociology of Aging
 SOC 4810/4815    Directed Study
 SOC 4860/4865    Social Service Field Work

In addition to the required and elective courses in Sociology, the Department recommends that students develop proficiency in a foreign language as part of their undergraduate curriculum. Languages in which there is a sociological literature and which are taught at Merrimack College include French, Italian, and Spanish.

Sociology students are permitted, and often encouraged, to pursue a course of study that involves a double major in a related social science department such as Psychology, Political Science, or Economics. Nonetheless, a major in Sociology also makes sense with disciplines outside the social sciences (English, Fine Arts, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or World Languages and Cultures), or outside the liberal arts either in business, or in the natural sciences.

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, or Women’s Studies. 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.

The required courses in Sociology provide a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate study in Sociology. It also serves as an excellent preparation for students considering a graduate degree in law, criminal justice, conflict resolution, public health, social work, gerontology, human services, public administration, human resources, journalism, or business.