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Sociology is the systematic and scientific study of social life, from peer groups to mass media to the global society. The Sociology Program at Sacred Heart University is value driven and the faculty provide a course of study that fosters awareness of social conflict and inequality while highlighting practices and structures that promote healthy self-development, cohesive family and community, and a fair and just society. 

Our students study the social nature of humans and the structure of our social world.  We encourage students to be mindful of social problems such as class inequality, ethnic conflict, family breakdown, and alienation and to think in terms of solutions. Students learn social theory and research methodologies to better comprehend major societal developments and to investigate them. They conduct program and policy assessments. During their senior year, students work closely with a faculty member as they conduct original research for their senior thesis. Our graduates find this training in applied sociology to be indispensable in their chosen careers, for example, as they promote education reform, reduce discrimination in the workplace, and counsel young adults.

In contrast to many Sociology programs, we have a single dedication to the bachelor's degree in sociology. This allows for a more coherent and focused course of study. Our curriculum is designed around the themes of social change and ethics.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Sociology Major

  1. Develop and apply a sociological imagination
  2. Analyze the causes and consequences of social inequality
  3. Analyze social/cultural diversity and complexity
  4. Evaluate and apply social theory
  5. Apply scientific methods in conducting research
  6. Design, conduct, and present an original sociological study

Student Testimonials

"The classes pushed me to dig a little deeper into myself.  It changed my perception on many issues in life."   

"The Sociology program challenges you as a person.  It makes you think of things or subjects in ways you never would or did."   

"Professors take an active interest in their students."

Sociology Degree Programs Offered

Latest News

Kilby to Speak on Ice Age Time Capsules

October 4, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University's Human Journey Colloquia Series will host Dr. J. David Kilby, associate professor at Texas State University, on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. His talk is entitled, "Ice Age Time Capsules: Clovis Caches and Pleistocene Adaptations in the Northern Hemisphere."

Kilby to Speak on Ice Age Archeology of North America

October 4, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University's Human Journey Colloquia Series will host Dr. J. David Kilby, associate professor at Texas State University, on Thursday, October 27, at 4 p.m. in the Curtis Hall Theater. His talk is entitled, "Ice Age Archeology of North America: Historical and Current Perspectives on the First Americans."

Nine Faculty Members Earn Tenure

July 13, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University reaffirmed its commitment to academic excellence when the Board of Trustees awarded tenure to nine faculty members recently. The newly tenured faculty members, who all received promotions from assistant professor to associate professor, are Anita August, Pamela Buck, Grace Guo, Andrew Lazowski, Kerry Milner, Amanda Moras, Julianna Stockton, Barbara Tarasovich and David Taylor.