Department of Sociology

Programs of Study

occupySociology Major

The Sociology Department integrates rigorous course work with real world learning within their curriculum. The 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.

Sociology Minor

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 Focus

The Sociology Department has created a Policy and Social Problems Focus for students who want to focus specifically on applying the analytical tools of sociological thinking to social problems and their solutions. The recommended courses for the focus have a "real world learning" component that allows students to gain exposure to and gain 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. Students interested in the Policy and Social Problems Focus should follow the recommended courses listed below. 

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 skill will incrementally improve in the following areas:
  • Writing
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Research
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.