Sociology is a highly versatile discipline that focuses on all aspects of society for the purpose of making a positive impact in people’s lives. A sociological perspective cultivates an appreciation for diversity, creates informed citizens and fosters a deep understanding of the many social forces that shape the lives and behaviors of individuals and groups. By combining sociological theories and methods of inquiry with experiential opportunities, graduates are positioned for rewarding careers in social work, teaching, law, public policy, government, marketing and beyond.

Program Overview

As a sociology major, you’ll study diverse groups, along with a vast range of social dynamics, issues and trends. You’ll learn how people are affected by social factors, such as health care, education, religion, social policy and inequality. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to pursue a career as a teacher, social worker, youth counselor, police officer, community development specialist or epidemiologist, to name a few.  

Award-winning faculty mentors help you choose courses that allow you to tailor your studies to your specific interests. In addition, you have the option to focus your major with a concentration in either social services — with specialized training for a career in social work — or medicine and health, where you’ll learn about cultural and societal factors that affect health and behavior.

Your education begins in the classroom, but expands far beyond it. In your junior year, you’ll apply your skills and gain valuable, real-world experience through internships in settings such as hospitals, schools, foster homes, nonprofits, addiction treatment centers or social service agencies.


A sociology student shows Jack Driscoll, 7, how he trains with a therapy dog at an office in Milford, Connecticut

Theory and practice

Sociology student Liam Richards '18 demonstrates how he trains with therapy dogs in the Animal Assisted Therapy Services Building in Milford, CT, on May 8, 2018.

Student Profile

Male student works with child on a puzzle

Hands-on learning

Sociology student Liam Richards '18 helps a patient with a jigsaw puzzle in the Animal Assisted Therapy Services Building in Milford, CT, on May 8, 2018.

Liam Richards ’18 immersed himself in the Quinnipiac experience — developing practical, hands-on experience throughout his internships.

The New Hampshire native gained tangible experience at Animal Assisted Therapy Services, which provides children and adults who have physical, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities with the opportunity to experience the unique human-animal bond as therapeutic intervention.

His classes at the university laid the groundwork for the successful internship experience. “Quinnipiac provided me with the tools to apply to real-life situations through the different theories and principles I’ve studied,” Richards said.

Jim Buccini, an assistant teaching professor of sociology and internship coordinator at Quinnipiac, said he can’t overstate the value of an internship experience.

“The themes and concepts covered in our department have real-world application and implication,” he said. “We explore social interaction, culture and an ever-changing society. Experiential learning is intrinsic to what we study in our department. We also encourage our students to explore a broad range of internship opportunities.”
Jim Buccini, Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology

In addition, the experience helps students avoid narrow conceptualizations.

“Our students are not merely training for a profession,” Buccini said. “They are engaging in inquiry about social change, and sometimes participating in that change. One student may be interning with a federal law enforcement agency, while another is engaged in a domestic violence intervention program, while yet another is exploring community approaches to racial injustice. Again, the question asked is ‘Where does social change occur, how can I learn more about it and what can I bring to the table given the knowledge I’ve gained, and the skills I’ve developed at Quinnipiac University?’”

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Sociology Curriculum 

Students majoring in sociology must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
Sociology Core Requirements
SO 101Introduction to Sociology3
SO 205From College to Career (CJ/GT 205)1
SO 244Social Stratification3
SO 290Research Methods (GT 290)3
SO 392Internship in the Community (CJ 392/GT 392)3
SO 382Studying Social Issues with Statistics (GT 382) 33
SO 385Senior Seminar (GT 385)3
Select 6 electives 418
Free Electives16-20
Total Credits120-127

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.


Students must complete the College of Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.


If students take MA 206 to fulfill the university quantitative literacy requirement, MA 206 can be used to fulfill the sociology statistics requirement. The sociology statistics course (SO 382) cannot be used for the university quantitative literacy requirement.


One of the electives could include AN 101 or AN 103; and one could be a criminal justice (CJ) course, so long as it is not cross-listed with sociology.

If students wish to focus their electives, they may take three classes (9 credits) of their 6 electives in either a social services concentration or a medicine and health concentration.

Social Services Concentration

For this applied concentration, students must take:

SO 394Advanced Internship in the Community (CJ/GT 394)3
Select three of the following:9
SO 225
Social Problems
SO 232
Women in the Criminal Justice System (CJ/WS 232)
SO 250
Youth Crime (CJ 250)
SO 260
Social Control and Deviance
SO 264
Social Welfare Institutions
SO 270
Program Planning and Administration (GT 270)
SO 311
Introduction to Social Work (GT 311)
SO 315
Case Management (GT 315)
Total Credits12

Medicine and Health Concentration

For this concentration, students choose three classes (9 credits) from this list (one course may be from anthropology):

Select three of the following:9
AN 250
Forensic Anthropology
SO 263
Sociology of Aging (GT 263)
SO 266
Population and Society
SO 280
Illness and Disability
SO 305
Death, Grief and Bereavement (GT 305)
SO 315
Case Management (GT 315)
SO 333
Drugs, Alcohol and Society (CJ 333)
SO 360
Sociology of Mental Illness
Total Credits9

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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