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B.A. in Sociology

Sociology StudentThe sociology major is designed to cultivate in students an appreciation for the sociological imagination, or “the quality of mind essential to grasp the interplay of individual and society, of biography and history, of self and the world,” as C. Wright Mills said. As a sociology major, you will examine how humans interact, how they organize together and form enduring social institutions, and how human lives and societies change over time. You will examine institutions such as the family, government, economy, religion, education and the media. You will study in detail the issues that impact us daily as individuals and as a society, and consider the ways we may respond. You may find yourself in class discussions on such diverse topics as the decline of the middle class, the role of gender in sexual experiences, educational inequalities, family conflict, disparities in healthcare, genocide, racism in the media, and the changing demographics of urban and suburban communities.

The 129-credit Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology will deepen your understanding of human society. You will become familiar with the fundamental tools and concepts of the field, including research methodologies, theoretical perspectives and statistical analyses. Additionally, you can enhance your sociology degree with a minor in anthropology.

Program Goals

  • To familiarize students with sociological knowledge, theoretical perspectives and research methodologies
  • To encourage students to use sociological concepts and tools to think critically and imaginatively about society and social issues
  • To instill in students an appreciation for social and cultural diversity and an awareness of social inequalities
  • To complement students’ broad liberal arts educations with the distinct contributions of sociology, thus preparing students for meaningful careers in diverse fields
  • To prepare students for further study at the master’s, professional or doctoral levels in sociology and other fields of social inquiry

Where Our Students Are Interning

Students receive course credit for internships in a wide variety of fields, such as human services, government and criminal justice. Read more...

Where Our Students Are Interning
Prepare for diverse careers in social work, politics, law, urban and environmental planning, public relations, criminal justice, and human resources. Our students in the B.A. in Sociology program are gaining practical work experience at:

* The Retreat Domestic Violence Shelter
* Long Island Progressive Coalition, ACDS
* New York Police Department
* Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Service
* Hands Across Long Island
* Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
* The Women’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center
* Nassau/Suffolk Law Center
* Planned Parenthood of Nassau County

Find Out How Good You Really Are.

Katie Shepardson"I come from four generations of attorneys— and I plan on making it five. LIU Post gave me the chance to meet the lawyer who pioneered the use of DNA testing to overturn wrongful convictions. Now, I am truly inspired to challenge inequality in the justice system."
- Katie Shepardson, B.A. in Sociology, Class of 2013