Sociology examines the organization, structure, and change of societal groups. It combines rigorous methods of inquiry and analysis with a remarkable freedom of choice in research topics: mass media, the environment, racism, gender issues, class, war and peace, and deviance and social control, to name just a few possible topics. At Boston College, sociologists also take a transformative approach in their research and teaching, making the sociological experience here not only rigorous and creative but socially relevant and engaged. Training in this field is useful in a broad range of occupations, and also prepares students for graduate study in a number of disciplines.
The diverse possibilities in sociology are reflected by our faculty, which includes scholars like Stephen Pfohl, who studies postmodernism and psychoanalysis, among other topics, and who creates art that experiments with new mediums of sociological exchange; Zine Magubane, an influential scholar and prolific writer (with article titles like "Globalization and Gangster Rap: Hip Hop in the post Apartheid City”); Juliet Schor, who's been interviewed on the Today show, NPR, and elsewhere for her research and books on the impact of consumerism on daily life; and many others.
We invite you to look over our website and see whether the study of sociology at Boston College seems right for you. If you have any questions about our program, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 617-552-4130, or drop by our office at McGuinn 426.
- Critical skills and thinking. Students will be able to apply a sociological lens to scholarly research and other sources of information (e.g., newspapers).
- Career training. Students will be well-prepared for graduate training and/or entry-level positions in various fields:
- Students will be able to reason logically, write cogently, and work with others.
- Students will be able to discuss, in depth, sociological theories, ideas, and literature.
- Research skills.
- Students will be able to transform a problem of interest into a researchable question.
- Students will be able to justify various methodological decisions on ethical as well as logical grounds.
- Students will be able to collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
- Life skills. Students will develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their role in society. Students will be able to explain how societal and structural factors influence life experiences and social problems across historical and cultural contexts.
Frequently Asked Sociology Questions
Listed below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about undergraduate study in Sociology at Boston College. In addition to the FAQs below, you are strongly encouraged to download your own copy of the Department's "Manual" for undergraduate students. This document will answer many of your questions.
The Student Services FAQ website answers more general questions such as:
- How to register
- How to use a degree audit and graduation requirements
- How to overload (six courses in one semester)
- How to take a class pass/fail
- What to do if a class is closed or restricted
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