Meet our Sociology Majors and Alumni (reload page to see more)
Majoring in Sociology can take you where you want to go!
At a large research university such as Rutgers, sociology students experience a liberal arts college atmosphere—in both lower-level lecture courses and small, seminar-style upper-level courses, they gain a sociological imagination from our award-winning research faculty. Students explore how larger social structures of power, economics, and culture shape individual opportunities, attitudes, and behavior, critical for understanding our increasingly diverse and complex society and its challenges from growing social and economic inequality to mass incarceration and discrimination.
Sociology students prepare for career opportunities that require excellent writing, communication, and analytical skills that are enhanced by a sociological perspective. A sociology degree opens doors to many graduate programs and careers in social services, consumer research, education, publishing and journalism, and policy analysis. Students in our health and society minor study health-related questions through a social and cultural lens, gaining excellent preparation for medical school or careers in health services. The criminology minor provides theoretical and practical knowledge about crime and an important social perspective relevant to work in the criminal justice system or as preparation for law school.
Arts and Sciences in Action: A Sociological View of the World
"Sociology trains my mind and shapes my worldview," Miah says. "It’s important for me to use my Rutgers degree to help others, such as representing indigent clients or people who are disadvantaged. When you understand the background, you view things from a larger perspective, and it makes you more compassionate."
Class of 2019
Learn how social life is organized and affects individual behavior
Develop strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and communication abilities
Hone analytical and critical thinking skills
The Department of Sociology is part of the School of Arts and Sciences
As a Sociology major in the School of Arts and Sciences, you’ll have full access to a liberal arts education that spans 47 programs for undergraduates. You will acquire both the specialized knowledge of the field you choose to study in depth, and broad knowledge of the world from the renowned scholar-teachers at Rutgers. You’ll graduate ready to meet contemporary challenges in your workplace, in your hometown, and in the global community.Visit Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Website