B.A. in Sociology
Impact social change through a better understanding of people, cultures, and relationships.
Sociology majors study the ways people, through their individual and collective actions, create and change social relationship patterns. The focus of study ranges from everyday family life to corporate relations in the global economy, looking at social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class.
Sociology stresses interaction between individuals and groups, and it focuses on cultural diversity and patterns that affect social issues and problems. The sociological perspective is crucial for success working in today's multi-ethnic communities and organizations and for success in international business operations. In fact, a national study revealed that 96% of American employers believe being comfortable working with colleagues, customers, and/or clients from diverse cultural backgrounds is a very important skill for college graduates.*
Elective courses allow majors to focus on their particular areas of interest. Students have the opportunity to engage in original research, present at conferences, and participate in social activism. They are encouraged to take on related internships to gain valuable experience and to build their resumes and professional networks ahead of graduation.
Graduates are well-prepared for graduate study, as well; they can pursue master’s degrees in many areas of study, or go on to attend law school.
Rivier University is a College of Distinction.
Department of Sociology
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Sociology.
B.A. in Sociology graduates can pursue roles as:
- Counselors and psychologists
- Human and social services workers
- Human resource managers and directors
- Community activists and planners
- Marketing and public relations personnel
- Teachers and corporate trainers
Note: Some careers, especially for counselors, psychologists, and teachers, will require additional graduate study and/or certification.
Rivier’s Career Development Center (CDC) provides professional advising, assistance with career or major planning, internship options, job search information, and graduate school exploration. For a complete list of CDC resources, visit the Center’s web page.
*Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)
survey, ”It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning
and Student Success.” April 10, 2013.