Bradley’s sociology curriculum is structured to foster in students a greater understanding of our changing world and of contemporary social issues and problems. We offer in-depth training in the theoretical and methodological foundations of sociological research and provide our students with opportunities to apply sociological perspectives to real-world problems.
Students majoring in sociology choose from a range of courses in social theory, research methods, health and social services, inequality and social justice, and global studies. Thus, sociology is a popular major for individuals planning careers in such professions as law, business, journalism, health care, education, politics, social work and public administration. Our curriculum provides students with the knowledge and analytical skills required for success in competitive graduate programs and in a wide variety of work settings. The department has an effective program for helping students interested in applied careers obtain internships at local social service, counseling, and criminal justice agencies. We also offer opportunities for students to hone their analytical, methodological, and writing skills through participation in collaborative research with faculty. Sociology is a liberal arts major “with an advantage.” Beyond theories and concepts, sociology encompasses an array of research methodologies and techniques for data gathering and analysis useful to those who seek to diminish ignorance, poverty, prejudice and social injustice. For more information, click on "Major" above.
Students often combine a minor in sociology with a major in criminal justice studies, social work, psychology, marketing, business administration, and a variety of other fields. The minor in sociology facilitates students’ development of analytical and communication skills that translate well into a wide range of academic and applied settings. Individuals who minor in sociology choose from a range of classes in social theory, research methods, health and social services, inequality and social justice, and global studies to plan courses of study that complement their other academic interests and their career goals. Sociology minors interested in careers in social service administration, case management, counseling, or corrections and juvenile justice often complete our Internship in Applied Sociology. For more information, click on "Minor" above.