ABOUT MAJOR(ing) - COURSEWORK - CAREER INFO - RESEARCH AND INTERNSHIPS
ABOUT SOCIOLOGY AT BU
Sociology is a diverse social science that brings both qualitative and quantitative ("scientific") methods to bear on understanding human and group or institutional behavior. The focus is on understanding the impact of social, cultural or interactional contexts on behavior (i.e., it's an "environmental" science that looks at how contextual factors guide or structure the choices people and groups make).
Students who major in sociology at BU have the opportunity to look at various substantive areas in the discipline and so have ample opportunity to explore personal interests. Faculty specialization and teaching interests include economic stratification, race and ethnicity, crime and deviance, family dynamics, the workplace, sports, community, mass media, population, and environmental problems (see comprehensive list of Courses here).
COURSEWORK: The courses required for the major are well explained in the BU Catalog. A listing and description of the courses offered by the department can be found there as well. Click here to visit the BU Catalogs page. Once there, select the appropriate volume and then find Sociology in the list on the "Programs" or "Course Descriptions" pages (we're in the College of Liberal Arts, and our numeric course designation is 45).
CAREER INFO: Career options for students obtaining a bachelor’s degree in sociology are diverse. It is the basis for pursuing a Master’s or Doctorate degree in sociology, leading to careers in academia, research or applied sociology. Students with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology also find themselves in entry level corporate, non-profit organization and government agency jobs. The American Sociological Association is an excellent source of information about the value of majoring in sociology. Check out the resources available here: ASA Undergraduate Resources.
RESEARCH AND INTERNSHIPS: The BU Sociology faculty strongly encourages majors to find an opportunity for experiential learning outside the classroom. Majors should consider doing independent research or taking our upper level research courses and then presenting their work in an on-campus forum or at a conference. The faculty are also involed in research and welcome the opportunity to involve motivated and diligent students in their work. The department also has close ties with the newly formed Center for Community Research and Consulting which provides numerous opportunities every year for undergraduates to get involved in diverse applied sociological research projects.
For majors less interested in research, the BU sociology faculty strongly recommends that majors consider internships during the Junior or Senior year, espeically for students that are not planning on pursuing graduate study in sociology (and so we encourage MOST of our students to seek out an internship opportunity). Our interns get placement in a wide variety of settings based on future career interests. For example, students intern in criminal justice, social services, non-profit , and public school settings (just to name a few). In consultation with the faculty internship supervisor and the supervisor at the internship site, we aim to make sure the student has a rewarding and enriching experience and one in which the tools of the sociological perspective are employed. If you're interested in learning more about internships at BU, visit the internships homepage.