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Sociology

Sociology encompasses studies of the self and the intersection of personal biography with social forces, of social institutions like the family and workplaces, of collective behavior and social movements, and of world systems such as globalization. Sociology examines theoretical arguments with empirical data.

The Department of Sociology at UMass is among the highest ranked in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and is renowned for its applied curriculum, groundbreaking research, and outstanding advising.

Undergraduate Sociology program options include a Bachelor’s degree, a minor, and multiple certificates. The Labor Studies Program offers undergraduate courses as well.

Welcome to the Sociology Community

The field of sociology studies virtually every aspect of human society: the family, gender, race and ethnic relations, aging, education, work, population, and many others. Its principal goal as a discipline is to understand the workings of human society and to explain social behavior. Although sociologists do study what are commonly regarded as social problems — crime, drug addiction, and poverty, for example — they also examine fundamental social processes present in any society: social change, conflict and inequality.

Studying sociology as an undergraduate major is an excellent way to prepare for entry-level work or graduate school in various fields. New graduates have found opportunities in the fields of social policy, law, criminal justice, social science research, human resources, organizational and non-profit management, education, environmental policy and research, advocacy, and social work to name a few.  Students interested in continuing their education at the graduate level have successfully enrolled in law school, business school, social work and public policy graduate programs, as well as continuing on to pursue a PhD in Sociology.   The Sociology degree offers a multitude of opportunities and offers an excellent introduction to American society, social science research and demography, and international issues.

Career Fair Season is Gearing Up!

Employers who are registering to recruit at our upcoming career fairs are hiring for internships and full time positions and they are excited to hire UMass students!

Virtual career fairs are your best opportunity to speak one-one with employers and …

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Carol Sharick
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Success Toolkit Sp22 Series: Looking for Academic Supports?

from UMass Student Success

The spring schedule features a variety of sessions to help students discover their strengths, learn about strategies, tools, and resources, and reflect on their personal toolkit. Session topics include:

Active Learning & Study Strategies
Time Management …

By Adrian Grace
Adrian Grace Director of Undergraduate Advising Adrian Grace
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NEW SBS Opportunity: Thomas R. Will Scholarship

Supporting students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences who have a criminal justice, law enforcement, or military background or focus. Preference will be given to students with financial need as determined by UMass Amherst. Additional preference will be …

By Adrian Grace
Adrian Grace Director of Undergraduate Advising Adrian Grace
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Explore Outcomes

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

The SBS Office of Career & Professional Development annually surveys graduating seniors in order to provide a snapshot of their post-graduation plans.  The survey begins just prior to graduation, and continues until six months after graduation.  Our data collection process is guided by the industry standard put forth by the National Association of Colleges & Employers, and includes information collected by the SBS Office of Career & Professional Development, the Office of Institutional Research at UMass Amherst, and by various academic departments, as well as from information that is made publicly available by students.  The SBS undergraduate outcomes knowledge rate for 2020 was 60%, though knowledge rate varies among departments.

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First Destination

SBS graduates pursue a range of plans after graduation, including employment, continuing education, and volunteering/service, among others.  This graph depicts what recent SBS graduates tell us they are doing within six months after graduation.

Featured Resources

These weekly newsletters, grounded in the understanding that “No one is born knowing how to ‘do college,'” offer a wealth …

The Sociology Department, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the University have a variety of resources available to undergraduate …

The Sociology Career Seminar is designed to help students prepare for life after college.

Pathways through the Sociology major lead to a number of meaningful entry-level positions in the fields of law, social work, …

What better way to investigate sociological concepts than by making yourself a stranger in a new land? Everything is novel …

If you have a 3.4 GPA or better – congratulations! You qualify to apply for Departmental Honors in Sociology!

Whether you have a strong idea about what you would like to do after college or are looking to test …

The Department of Sociology encourages undergraduates to get involved in research. We provide research experience through our Undergraduate Research Project …

Research Opportunities

If you have a 3.4 GPA or better – congratulations! You qualify to apply for Departmental Honors in Sociology!

The Department of Sociology encourages undergraduates to get involved in research. We provide research experience through our Undergraduate Research Project …

We’ve dedicated part of our website to research resources. Link here.

 

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