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Major Requirements

Sociology majors take six (6) required courses and four (4) elective courses, for a total of ten (10) courses.

The following six (6) courses are required of all Sociology majors:

  • SOC1000        Ways of Seeing I: The Sociological Imagination
  • SOC2000        Ways of Seeing II: Social Inequality – Class, Gender,                               and Race (Spring)
  • SOC3000        Ways of Thinking: Social Theory (Fall)
  • SOC3100        Ways of Knowing I: Research Methods (Fall)
  • SOC3550        Ways of Knowing II: Statistics (Spring)
  • SOC4000        Ways of Practicing: Internship

The Department strongly recommends that Sociology majors take SOC3000, SOC3100, and SOC3550 by the end of their junior year.

Sociology majors’ four (4) electives may be chosen from the following list of regularly offered courses:

  • 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
  • SOC3800        Sociology of Gender
  • SOC3850        Sociology of Aging

A maximum of two (2) of the four (4) electives may be taken from the following list of cognate courses:

  • CRMXXXX       Criminology courses (with approval of Sociology   Department chair)
  • HIS2329         American Social History
  • HIS3390         Modern European Social History
  • PHL2700        Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Prerequisite:                                      PHL1000)
  • POL2121        Public Administration and Public Policy (Prerequisite:                              POL1100)
  • POL3122        Issues in Public Policy (Prerequisites: POL1100 and                              POL2121)
  • POL3131        Polling and Public Opinion (Prerequisites: POL1100 and                        POL2000)
  • PSY2200         Social Psychology (Prerequisite: PSY1000)
  • PSY3250         Cultural Psychology (Prerequisite: PSY1000)
  • 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 curriculum. 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, 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. They also serve as an excellent preparation for students considering a graduate degree in law, public health, social work, gerontology, human services, public administration, human resources, criminal justice, or business.



Michael DeCesare, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Sullivan Hall 303A



Kathleen Makiver

Administrative Assistant 

Sullivan Hall 303