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D'Youville's Sociology major prepares students to understand the relationships between individuals and social institutions in order to develop solutions to social problems.

Overview & Distinctions


Studying sociology opens up the doors to many careers, including positions in government, public policy, criminal justice, social activism, social work, marketing, or education. D'Youville's Sociology major prepares students to understand the relationships between individuals and social institutions, in order to develop solutions to social problems.

Our program places a strong emphasis on developing clearly defined professional skills. As a student, you'll learn to conduct in-depth interviews, focus groups and data and trend analysis. Upon graduation, you'll be ready to start a career or continue your education in sociology or applied areas such as law, public policy, urban planning, market research, and journalism.

Program Distinctions

Individualized Attention

You'll benefit from small classes taught by accomplished faculty, not teaching assistants. And if you're not sure about your career path, our professors will help you explore the possibilities and advise you on courses to take and internships.

Professional Internship

By the time you reach your senior year, you'll be ready to apply what you've learned to an internship in your field of interest. You'll benefit by building your resume while gaining perspective on a future career.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Strong interdisciplinary and social science course work provides an excellent basis for graduate study. Add a minor to further strengthen your background.
  • Deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through study abroad at a foreign university.
  • Our extensive internship program will allow you to apply what you've learned and gain the kind of real-world experience employers look for through actual on-the-job experience as an intern.
  • D'Youville's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.
  • You can attend Social Sciences as a Profession Seminars starting in your sophomore year. These seminars help you explore your career options in sociology and related social sciences by providing real-life, practical information about the various career paths you can take with your sociology degree, and the steps you'll need to take to get there.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.00 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Arts Sociology Program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Major 51-60
Liberal Arts and Science Electives 69
Total Credits 120-129

Course Requirements for the Major

In the specific areas of concentration

SOC-101 Principles of Sociology 3
SOS-201 Social Science Professions I 1
SOS-202 Social Science Professions II 1
SOS-301 Statistics in the Social Science 3
SOS-302 Research Methods in Social Sciences 3
SOS-401 Social Sciences Internship I 4
SOS-402 Senior Seminar I 2
SOS-403 Social Sciences Internship II 4
SOS-404 Senior Seminar II 2
Total Credits 23

Choose 4 courses each from two clusters below – 24 credits

Medical Sociology

SOC-222 Health, Illness and Society 3
SOC-309 Soc of Disability & Rehabilitation 3
SOC-313 Health Disparities 3
SOC-316 Social Policy for Better Health 3
SOC-400 Social Epidemiology 3
SOC-405 Drugs and Society 3
PHI-301 Knowledge and Reality 3
HAPH-306 Population Health 3
SOC-412 Topics in Medical Sociology 3

Stratification and Inequality

SOC-201 Social Problems 3
SOC-204 Social Stratification 3
SOC-302 Gender 3
SOC-305 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOC-313 Health Disparities 3
SOC-406 Global Issues 3
PSC-201 American Government & Economics 3
PHI-306 Social & Political Philosophy 3
SOC-414 Topics in Stratification and Inequality 3

Activism and Social Justice

SOC-201 Social Problems 3
SOC-211 Social Change 3
SOC-315 Social Inquiry and Activism 3
SOC-342 Sociology of Human Rights 3
SOC-404 Collective Action 3
SOC-406 Global Issues 3
FA-236 Writing for Social Justice 3
PSC-349 Political Activism 3
SOC-409 Topics in Activism and Social Justice 3

Social Institutions

SOC-204 Social Stratification 3
SOC-222 Health, Illness and Society 3
SOC-311 Families 3
SOC-312 Sociology of Sports and Phys Activity 3
SOC-417 Sociology of Education 3
SOC-490 Who Rules the World? 3
FA-331 Media and Culture 3
RS-102 Belief & Unbelief in the Brave New World 3
SOC-413 Topics in Social Institutions 3

Law, the Person, and Society

SOC-201 Social Problems 3
PSY-206 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC-301 Deviance and Society 3
PSY-365 Psychology and the Legal System 3
SOC-405 Drugs and Society 3
PSY-413 Criminal Behavior 3
HIS-330 History of Constitutional Law 3
PHI-204 Logic and Reasoning 3
SOC-415 or PSY-423 Topics in Law, the Person and Society 3

Media, the Person, and Society

PSY-205 Social Psychology 3
SOC-202 Media and Society 3
PSY-313 Consumer Behavior 3
SOC-304 Media Literacy 3
PSY-425 The Science of Wellbeing 3
SOC-407 Social Media 3
FA-331 Media and Culture 3
PHI-211 Technology and Society 3
SOC-411or PSY-420 Topics in Media, the Person, and, Society 3

Work, the Person, and Society

PSY-211 Working on a Team 3
SOC-206 Sociology of Work 3
PSY-318 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3
SOC-320 Inequality in the Labor Force 3
PSY-416 Motivation in the Workplace 3
SOC-403 American Labor Movement 3
MGT-304 Communicating in Organizations 3
MGT-350 Leadership 3
SOC-416 or PSY-424 Topics in Work, the Person and Society 3

*Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives (73), required Sociology courses (23 credits), elective cluster Sociology courses (24 credits).



A sociology degree gives you a solid liberal arts foundation for a wide range of career paths. Sociology can open doors in business or human services. You can pursue a career in criminology, counseling, healthcare management, secondary or elementary teaching, government service, or employment with non-profit organizations.

Sociology graduates can pursue entry-level positions in:

  • Teaching - elementary and secondary schools, when combined with appropriate teacher certification.
  • Publishing, Journalism and Public Relations - writing, research and editing.
  • Government Services - federal, state or local government jobs in areas such as transportation, housing, agriculture, and labor.
  • Social Services - rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation or administration.
  • Community Work - fundraising, child care, community development, or environmental groups.
  • Corrections - probation, parole, or other criminal justice work.
  • College and university settings - admissions, alumni relations, or placement.
  • Health Services - family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, health planning, hospital admissions, insurance companies.

The search for employment allows you to discover your talents and skills and match them to career opportunities. Pursue employment with an adventurous and calculating spirit and the position you find is likely to be personally and professionally rewarding.

Graduate Education Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in sociology can prepare you for a master's degree in sociology, law, rehabilitation counseling, social work, business management, student personnel, teaching, college administration, health education, healthcare administration, or urban planning.

Graduate schools are selective and you'll need to develop your scholarly abilities and academic skills in order to mount a competitive application. The sociology faculty and your academic advisor will work with you in planning your academic and professional future and in taking the steps to pursue your goals. This process begins during your sophomore year. If you decide to go for a graduate degree, the faculty will tailor your coursework to enhance your research and scholarly skills.



During their senior year, Sociology majors are required to complete an intensive internship. While interning, students are required to complete a minimum of 45 hours of on-site experience. Students work closely with their faculty advisor and internship site supervisor throughout their off-campus experience. The internship gives students a chance to apply their sociological knowledge, to be a participant/observer in an organization or agency related to career interests, and to contribute to the community while studying.

The internship also introduces students to employment possibilities while they receive valuable field experience and build community contacts and employment references. The student's faculty advisor ensures the student is maximizing their potential during the internship experience, and is applying and developing marketable skill-sets. The internship experience prepares students for the competitive job market and for scholarships for advanced study.

Internship Placements

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.00

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