Every sociology major and minor at Merrimack College takes a required course that examines in detail the topic of social inequality. Special emphasis is placed on social inequality in all of the Department’s courses. A goal of the program is to make students aware of the nature and effects of social inequality on the life chances of all members of society.
The Department provides students with experiential learning opportunities in various community, human services, criminal justice, and health-related agencies where students are expected to apply sociological research and thinking to their supervised field work experiences. This aspect of the program allows students to explore possible career interests, to learn from those already working in the field, and to establish contacts that may be helpful in acquiring full-time employment. The study of sociology realizes its full potential as an intellectual tool and guide for enlightened social action only when students are given the chance to link their knowledge and education with hands-on experience.
With a degree in sociology, students will be prepared for a number of areas of work. Students not only are equipped with knowledge and competence in sociology, but also possess the abilities and proficiencies associated with a liberal education. The Department provides students with the necessary preparation and background to pursue a graduate degree in sociology or a related discipline, as well as a career in a variety of fields including law, criminal justice, social work, public health, education, public administration, social services, human resources, journalism, or business.