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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology Major, B.A.

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Sociology is the systematic study of human society and the patterns and consequences of social interaction. The study of sociology cultivates a critical perspective that relies on observations and empirical evidence to demonstrate the effect that society has on the ways we think, feel, and act.

The sociology program provides students with an understanding of social life that recognizes the complex and dynamic relationship between individuals and society. Our courses focus on the ways in which people’s lives are shaped by broader social, cultural, political, economic, and historical forces. They also emphasize the nature and effects of social inequality. The primary goal of the program is to develop each student’s sociological imagination as a type of critical thinking and informed analysis.

Through the required coursework and internship opportunities, the sociology program also provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue an advanced degree or to work in a variety of fields, including law, social work, public health, education, and criminal justice.

Requirements for a Major in Sociology

The Sociological Imagination (SOC 1000) satisfies a SOSC requirement in the LS Core and serves as the required entry-level course into the sociology major and minor. Students who enter Merrimack as a declared Sociology major must earn a C or better in SOC 1000 in order to remain in the major.


This bachelor’s degree program requires 124 credits.  As part of the overall 124 credit minimum, satisfying the requirements for the major in sociology includes completing a minimum of 38 credits and a minimum of 10 courses in the major, as specified below. Students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average in their major courses.

Major Requirements

Five (5) courses are required of all sociology majors:

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