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Sociology

Overview

If you are interested in human behavior, inspired by social justice and activism, and curious about how cultural institutions and societal structures shape our lives, you'll find a home in Hofstra's Sociology department.

The study of sociology applies scientific theory to get at the root of how societies work and why they don't, and uses scientific tools to study and find solutions to problems such as gender and racial inequities, homelessness, poverty and gun violence.

As a sociology major at Hofstra, you'll get a solid foundation in social theory and scientific method, developing theoretical and analytical skills to evaluate and conduct research and analysis into social problems and inequalities in global, institutional, and interpersonal relations.

Studying sociology at Hofstra offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with students and faculty whose varied perspectives will give you a new understanding of the human condition. You will engage with prospective activists, social workers, scientists, business executives, lawyers and experts in criminology.  You will participate in challenging discussions and eye-opening research into some of the most fundamental issues we face in society today. And our dedicated faculty members are just as passionate as you, ready to help you map out a path to an advanced degree or a successful, meaningful career.

Our diverse faculty have years of experience as both educators and working professionals.  Many of our sociology professors are award-winning, published scholars and researchers who work with a variety of community and government organizations on important initiatives, including human rights, gender, racial and sexual equality, human trafficking and immigration.

A sociology major has many applications. Our students go on to pursue advanced degrees in political and social sciences, business and marketing, health and medicine, education and the law.

Whether you envision yourself someday working as a mental health professional, a community organizer or activist, a social program administrator, a policy analyst, or as a behaviorist who applies their understanding of human and societal needs to business and industry, you will find people who share your passions in Hofstra's Department of Sociology. More importantly, you will discover the skills and perspective to help turn those passions into a deeply rewarding career.

Curriculum

Hofstra's BA in Sociology will expose you to a broad range of issues and theories that offer insight into how humans interact in society. You will leave the program with strong critical investigative and reasoning skills; the ability to compose solid, argument-based writing; and the confidence needed to clearly present research and work with diverse groups of people. You will find that mastery of these traits will make you a competitive candidate in many professions.

Your education begins with a strong foundation in sociological theory, issues in contemporary society, and the use of statistics and research methods. Honing your ability to gather and analyze data is also an important element of Hofstra’s Sociology program. You will also choose from among select courses that focus specifically on issues of race, gender and social inequality. And because a sociologist deals with every aspect of human interaction, you will complete classwork in humanities, natural and social sciences, obtaining a solid liberal arts education.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Sociology Requirements

From there, your choices are wide open. With the help of your advisor, you will select from a broad palette of courses to design the program best suited to your passions and plans. A small sample of these classes includes:

  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Youth, Crisis, and American Culture
  • Poverty, Hunger and Social Policy
  • Sociology of Health and Medicine
  • Work in the Global Economy
  • Sociology of Terrorism
  • Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Your options in the Sociology Department also include a minor in Sociology as well as a major and minor in Criminology.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

A degree in sociology prepares you for a broad range of career options. You can work at a research institute that focuses on a specific policy issue, in the criminal justice system, as a social worker, a teacher, as a political pollster, in community relations. A sociology major is also great preparation for advanced degrees in law, medicine or business.

The median starting salary of Hofstra Sociology graduates is $35,000, but one-third start at salaries above $40,000. The student's chosen career path will determine their expected income as they start and continue in their professions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wages for sociologists are $79,650.

100% are employed, grad school or both
93% accept a position within six months
$35K median salary
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Recent graduates of Hofstra's Sociology program are employed in a variety of government, not-for-profit and corporate settings, including:

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Coaches Across Continents
  • Autism Behavior Consultants
  • Esurance
  • Family Service Society, Inc.
  • Kaplan Management
  • Locust Valley School District
  • Tolstoy Foundation Nursing Home
  • Vanguard Fiduciary Trust Company

Hands-On Learning and Experience

The Sociology program encourages students to enhance their coursework with fieldwork and internships. Approximately 62% of Hofstra sociology majors make an internship part of their academic experience; most students complete more than one.

In addition to off-campus opportunities, Hofstra is home to the Center for Civic Engagement, where students can work with such community partners as the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, Advocates for Community Health, and the Workplace Project.

Research is another important component of Sociology at Hofstra. In addition to required projects conducted as part of your coursework, you may be invited to work closely with university and industry experts as they conduct in-depth research on such news-making projects as human trafficking, racial, ethnic and religious diversity, inequities in our legal system and more.  Some of our students have become involved with Hofstra's National Center for Suburban Studies, examining the changing economic and cultural dynamics of an increasingly diverse suburban population, or the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy.

Recent Hofstra sociology majors have completed internships at such places as the International Sociological Association, the Drug Enforcement Administration, CNBC, the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, the Queens Museum, the Plainedge School District and New York State Supreme Court.

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In addition to coursework, research opportunities and internships, many of our students also take full advantage of Hofstra's broad array of organizations and activities. Not only do these build camaraderie, but they expose students to new perspectives that are invaluable to budding sociologists.  For example, there are dozens of organizations focused on different cultures, nationalities and religions. Or you might choose to join social justice groups, such as Circle K International, Campus Feminist Collective, Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, NAACP, Peace Action Matters, the Pride Network, UNICEF@Hofstra, or any of a number of fraternal or service organizations.  Some students have the opportunity to join the national sociology honor society, Alpha Kappa Alpha. All of these organizations can help you expand your horizons and build lifelong friendships and professional contacts.

An added bonus to life at Hofstra is our close proximity to the Big Apple and everything it has to offer. You'll be just a short drive or train ride away from world-class entertainment, sporting and arts events in a city known for excitement and multiculturalism.

Meet PROFESSOR MARGARET ABRAHAM

 
 

Dr. Margaret Abraham, professor of Sociology and author of Sociology and Social Justice, discusses the study of sociology and why many students are drawn to this discipline. Professor Abraham, an internationally recognized figure in the field, served as president of the International Sociological Association from 2014 to 2018.