Why Study Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of people in groups, their patterns and the results of their social interaction. Are you interested in how society works? Maybe you want to change it. Then sociology is the major for you!!!

We will teach you how to study the social lives of people and their behavior, including survey, observation, and experimentation techniques. You will learn about the elements that form society and their influence on how people think, feel and act.

Whether your goal is to pursue an advanced degree or to work in law, social work, social services, public health, journalism, education, or criminal justice, sociology will help you make sense of the complex social relationships between individuals and society. 

students talking outside.Why Merrimack?

  • Develop your sociological imagination to understand how society functions and how it can influence human behavior and choices.
  • Community internships and directed studies mean you’ll gain valuable field experience before you graduate.
  • A supportive environment helps you develop your skills while building relationships with faculty.
  • Gain valuable managerial skills as you develop your own sociological research project.
  • Study abroad in Germany to learn about the sociology of immigration.
  • Acquire valuable statistical and data analysis skills
  • Our interdisciplinary curriculum allows you to explore related  electives in political science, psychology, women’s and gender studies, criminology and more.  



Sociology Department News

Oct 27, 2020: Professor Herda published a paper titled Is Not Knowing the Same as Being Incorrect?: An Examination of Immigrant Population Innumeracy Non-Response” in an edited volume published by Springer. Link.

Oct 7, 2020: Professor Daniel Herda Presented his research titled “Examining the Contexts of Intergroup Contact” at the annual meeting of the World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) virtual conference.

Sept 23, 2020: Professor Decesare hosted a Facebook Livestream as part of his work with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He and Michael Bérubé (Penn State) are co-chairing an investigation of the crisis in academic governance that has occurred in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug 9, 2020: Professor Herda presented his research on interpersonal contact between immigrants and citizens at the American Sociological Association virtual conference.

July 1, 2020: Professor Herda becomes the chair of the sociology department.

June 17, 2020: Professor Herda just published and article on Immigration Innumeracy in Canada in the journal Migration Letters.