B.A. in Sociology

  • B.A.
  • Undergraduate
  • On Campus
  • Sociology

With a B.A. in Sociology, you will be prepared to impact social change through an in-depth understanding of people, cultures, and relationships.

Why Study Sociology at Rivier?

As a B.A. in Sociology student, you’ll examine the interactions between individuals and groups, focusing on cultural diversity and patterns that affect social issues and problems.

A sociological perspective is crucial for success in today’s diverse 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 critical skill for college graduates.

In the B.A. in Sociology program, you will:

  • Understand cultural diversity and patterns that affect social issues and problems
  • Analyze social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class
  • Develop critical thinking skills and the ability to apply sound judgments to real-world situations
  • Gain skills in research design and analysis

The Sociology major provides students with insight into a variety of social forces and factors including race, criminology, culture, social change, gender, age issues, education, politics, and the economy. You will be prepared with a strong liberal arts foundation and the ability to tailor your degree to your individual career goals and interests. The knowledge and skills gained in this program can be applied to a wide range of job options, which gives you great flexibility in building a rewarding career.

Get Ready for the World

You will have the opportunity to conduct original research, present at conferences, and participate in social activism. Through internships, you will gain valuable hands-on experience, while building your resume and professional network ahead of graduation.

In addition to opportunities for study abroad and international travel, and will also find global engagement opportunities right here on our campus in Nashua. From diverse speakers and networking opportunities to participation in student organizations, you’ll enjoy a wide range of educational experiences that will broaden your worldview.

Dr. Marcoux Faiia, Professor of Sociology, started her professional life as a psychiatric social worker. Her academic research has taken her to many points around the globe; she spent her first sabbatical year studying second daughters and modernization in Nepal. Research conducted during a second sabbatical resulted in the publication of the textbook "Substance Use and Abuse: Exploring Alcohol and Drug Issues."

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

A B.A. in Sociology will open doors for a variety of careers as well as advanced graduate study.

Job Roles

  • 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

Graduate Studies

Our alumni are well-prepared for graduate study and many pursue master’s degrees in a variety of disciplines or attend law school.

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