Assumption's sociology program helps students better understand the richness and diversity of social life in an increasingly interconnected, complex, and multicultural world. Through both courses and co-curricular activities, faculty help students learn to thoughtfully consider their world, their society, and themselves.
The Sociology and Anthropology program provides the foundation for a wide range of occupations in which knowledge of human behavior, social relationships and institutional practices is important.
Majoring in sociology at Assumption helps prepare students graduate study and for work in fields such as social work, education, law, journalism, criminal justice, urban planning, policy analysis, and gerontology. Sociology majors must take 12 courses for a total of 36 credits
Concentration in Criminology
Sociology majors may choose to focus their studies in criminology. This concentration examines the patterns, causes and consequences of crime, and the ways in which the U.S. criminal justice system attempts to deal with the issue. Students analyze how laws are created; study theories of crime causation and assess alternative “crime-fighting” strategies, such as community policing. The concentration requires 13 courses, for a total of 39 credits.
Minor in Sociology
Students who wish to minor in Sociology take 6 courses (18 credits) in the field. Students majoring in psychology, human services and rehabilitation studies, history, political science, economics, spanish, pre-medicine, and global studies may find this minor particularly useful.
Assumption College’s location in Worcester, MA, provides students with an array of opportunities for internships and community service.
The Reach Out Center places Assumption students in a variety of nonprofit settings assisting children, families, elderly and the disenfranchised.
Community service learning courses enable our students to put classroom theory to work in a community setting, providing significant benefits to local residents while enhancing their own personal knowledge and skills.
Internship sites throughout Worcester offer Assumption students valuable practical experiences that can be included on resumes or graduate school applications.