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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.

Sociology Program Goals

To foster:

  1. An understanding of the structure and dynamics of social life
  2. An understanding of the processes and consequences of social change
  3. An understanding of the relationship between individual life and social life
  4. The ability to apply the scientific method and other critical and analytical skills needed to understand social reality in an unbiased way
  5. The ability to conduct ethical analysis
  6. An understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and complexity
  7. An awareness of social inequality and injustice
  8. The ability to communicate and integrate ideas in both oral and written forms.

Latest News

Sociology Course Working With Local Habitat for Humanity Chapter to Survey Homeowners

October 15, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – This fall, Sacred Heart University’s Department of Sociology is introducing students to another side of community service, conducting background research to help Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County provide affordable housing for Bridgeport-area families. A large component of the course “Housing and Homelessness in the United States” is working with Habitat to survey owners of the homes that the charity has helped build. Students are designing and administering the survey. Then at the end of the semester, they will present the findings to Habitat. “The project with Habitat not only enhances the learning experience in the classroom, but also is performing an important service outside of the classroom,” says Gerald Reid, professor of sociology and associate dean of SHU’s College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to classroom hours and conducting the survey, students are also interviewing Habitat families. The students will take walking tours of local Habitat neighborhoods and will have the option of volunteering for a weekend home-building project. One of the students, junior Cristin Antimisiaris, has worked with Habitat since her freshman year and has spent two spring breaks in Indiana and Georgia building homes for the organization. But the course, she says, has given her a whole new insight into the people that Habitat helps.

SHUsquare to Enhance Teaching and Learning Across Disciplines

September 26, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s SHUsquare website made its official debut on September 10 at a meeting attended by first-year students and faculty in the Fairfield campus’ Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. Marie Hulme, an English instructor and director of SHUsquare, which has been described as a “Virtual Public Square,” introduced the new and exciting initiative. She told the audience that SHUsquare is “a social media platform that allows students and faculty to keep conversations going beyond the classroom and a place of intellectual connectivity.”

Naclerio Faculty Scholars Program Winners Announced

September 10, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University Professors Geffrey F. Stopper of Hamden and Amanda Moras of West Hartford are this year’s recipients of the Naclerio Faculty Scholars Program awards. Richard and Barbara Naclerio began the Naclerio Faculty Scholars Program in support of the work of emerging academic leaders among Sacred Heart University’s faculty. The Naclerios, who reside in Pelham, N.Y., share the University’s vision of cultivating academic excellence through innovative research endeavors.