Students who pursue degrees in sociology are rigorously trained to examine how social groups, institutions, and social structure may influence human behavior.
In addition to educating students in the social sciences, professors are engaged in cutting-edge research, and are committed to helping students understand local and global social challenges from a sociological perspective. Our degree students come from all walks of life, and are similarly dedicated to standing up for social justice, human dignity, and ethical conduct, and serving those who are marginalized. Our curriculum is intentionally embedded in an interdisciplinary scientific approach of studying human social behavior with a focus on Manhattan College’s Lasallian Catholic mission.
Whether our students are majors, minors, or fulfilling a liberal arts elective, they learn to focus on the root causes of social oppression and are invited to curate justice-oriented ways of thinking about race, class, gender, sexuality, capitalism, crime, and the environment.
Our curriculum teaches critical analysis, statistical methods, theory, field research and other highly practical and marketable skills. Students produce original sociological research in our senior capstone course. Our internships in New York City promote social justice awareness. Sociology majors have pursued careers in law, social work, medicine and public health, consulting, finance, nonprofit and public administration, community activism, social network research, policy analysis, social and market research, human resources, culture, and the arts.
Meet a Sociology Major: Ryan Waters
Sociology and urban studies major Ryan Waters discusses the benefits of double majoring for his future career and the many hands-on learning opportunities in the School of Liberal Arts.
The Sociology department helps students to develop a “sociological imagination” —what scholar C. Wright Mills defined as “the vivid awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society.” Our programs focus on sociological concepts, critical analysis, statistical methods, theory, and field research while fostering respect for diversity and promoting global awareness, community service, and social justice. Our students learn to develop a sophisticated analysis of the environment we live in and how our social contexts impact the ways in which we live and the decisions we make as human beings.