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Sociology Majors and Minors

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There are excellent study abroad programs available at BC and approved for sociology students by our Undergraduate Director. In general, students are eligible to study abroad in their junior year, and should start preparation in the fall term of their sophomore year.

When Can I Study Abroad?
Sociology majors are welcome to study abroad in the fall or spring of their junior year. For students who have been diligent in their academic planning, it is possible to study abroad for an entire academic year. 

Should I Study In A Foreign Language Destination?
Although not required for the Sociology program, advanced language proficiency is strongly encouraged for all Sociology majors. The ability to converse in another language beyond the intermediate level is invaluable for future graduate study or any career with an international focus.   

What Classes Should I Take Before Studying Abroad?
Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, and to ensure that they will have a strong sociology background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars. 

All Sociology majors should take SOCY 1001 Introductory Sociology and SOCY 2215 Social Theory before studying abroad. In addition, the department also recommends that students complete another three courses in the major prior to study abroad. Students must talk to their academic advisor about the courses they plan to take abroad as well as the courses they plan to take upon returning to BC.

What Classes Should I Plan To Take Abroad?
Many Sociology courses abroad will be embedded in various disciplines of the social sciences, such as anthropology, political science, and cultural studies. Courses that focus on the region or country in which you are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.

A maximum of two courses are accepted toward the major during a single semester abroad. For students studying abroad for the entire year, a maximum of five courses may be accepted. Courses taken in a department of sociology or anthropology (BC program or an approved-external program) will almost always be accepted for credit toward the Sociology major. Those taken in other departments will be considered upon submission of a syllabus, reading list, and list of other course requirements.

NOTE: The Sociology department does not accept courses taken abroad for University Core credit in Social Sciences or Cultural Diversity.

What If I Am Planning To Do An Honors Thesis?
In recent years, many students have used their experiences abroad to help generate or supplement a compelling honors thesis. For students who already have a topic in mind, studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to conduct on-site research and establish contact with faculty at the host institution. All students are strongly encouraged to think about how their semester or year abroad can be integrated into an honors thesis.

Honors students studying abroad in the second semester should consult with the Director of the Honors program prior to studying abroad to discuss course planning and their honors thesis. Students must also maintain contact with the Director while abroad. 


Department Information


Department Contact

Course Approvals & Director of                                        
Undergraduate Studies
Michael Malec, Associate Professor

Course Approvals & Departmental Liaison for Study Abroad

Gustavo Morello, S.J., Assistant Professor 617-552-3346