The Sociology Department integrates rigorous coursework with real world learning within the curriculum. Courses focus on contemporary and historical sociological thought and theory, which helps students develop critical thinking and analytical skills. The department emphasizes career development throughout the curriculum by incorporating service learning projects, community service and practicum experiences with various community partners in the Lowell area. A sociology major offers a solid background for students interested in careers in policy, government, human services, social work, law and teaching.
A minor in sociology allows students to bring a systematic understanding of the social world to their major field of study. The minor can compliment a number of majors including psychology, criminal justice, political science, history and business administration.
Policy and Social Problems Concentration
The department of sociology's concentration in policy and social problems is intended to provide a pathway for students who want to focus specifically on applying the analytical tools of sociological thinking to social problems and their solutions. The program of study combines practice in analysis of specific social problems as well as the responses these problems by both government and community actors. All students in the concentration will have multiple opportunities to gain exposure to and experience working with community organizations and local leaders across a range of fields, including immigrant services, environmental policy, youth services, gender-based organizations, education, and more. All students will also learn to analyze the intersections among race, class, gender, ability, and other inequalities, perspective that is key to working in the twenty-first century United States.
Students graduating with this concentration will be well-prepared to enter jobs that involve work with vulnerable populations, policymaking roles in government or human services organizations, and leadership roles in their communities. Students will also be well-prepared to enter graduate programs in sociology, public administration, social work, public health, peace and conflict studies, community and social psychology, general and special education, and disability studies.
- Policy and Social Problems Recommended Courses
Integrated Curriculum and Skill Development
The Sociology Department has integrated a skill sequence into their courses that all major students will master by the time of their graduation. The skills developed will help major students succeed throughout all elements of their academic career, as well as provide to be beneficial for their career development. Throughout each level of courses, our students' skills will incrementally improve in the following areas:
- Quantitative literacy
In addition to providing a rigorous liberal arts education, the Sociology Department takes the initiative in providing support for our students in finding satisfying careers. We offer many tools and resources including:
- Career development
- Alumni network for internships
- Service learning, community service, and practicum experiences
Read more about admission and program requirements and course descriptions in the UMass Lowell online undergraduate catalog.