Academic Building HC212
Fairfield, CT 06825
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
- Develop and apply a sociological imagination
- Analyze the causes and consequences of social inequality
- Analyze social/cultural diversity and complexity
- Evaluate and apply social theory
- Apply scientific methods in conducting research
- Design, conduct, and present an original sociological study
"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
Student Wins Best Poster Award at Conference
February 24, 2017
Sean Jackson, a senior majoring in Sociology, received the Best Poster award for his presentation at the Eastern Sociological Society’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. His senior thesis and poster was on White Perceptions of Racial Inequality and Attitudes towards Black Lives Matter Movement. The poster session was comprised of 40+ students from colleges around the country including competition from other prestigious institutions such as Columbia, Yale, Boston College, and Harvard. During the 90 minute poster session, Sean discussed his study with a number of students and professors at the conference. Sean received a certificate and recognition at the ESS award dinner the following day.
Professor Named National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar
April 25, 2018
Sacred Heart University sociology professor Gerald Reid recently was accepted as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar and will attend seminars at the NEH Summer Institute in Walla Walla, Washington, in June. The institute is entitled “The Native American West: A Case Study of the Columbia Plateau” and focuses on the importance of a sense of place and landscape within Native American culture and identity.
Sacred Heart and Seton Hall Law to Offer 3+3 Bachelor’s and J.D. Program
April 12, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart and Seton Hall University School of Law are partnering on a new 3+3 program that will allow select students to earn a bachelor’s degree at Sacred Heart and a Juris Doctor at Seton Hall Law in six rather than the usual seven years. Students in this program will complete their undergraduate degree (in political science, global studies, history, sociology, English, criminal justice, foreign languages, psychology, chemistry or philosophy/theology/religious studies) in three years (90 credits). The remaining 30 undergraduate credits will be completed during the first year of law school at Seton Hall Law.
Students Spend Spring Break Volunteering in South America and the U.S.
March 17, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—More than 50 Sacred Heart University students, faculty and staff traded in a week of vacation for a week of volunteering in South America with human aid organizations and stateside with Habitat for Humanity. During spring break, the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning coordinated international service programs to Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Four faculty, 49 students and two staff members participated. Each trip was distinct, both in service and cultural immersion, said Matthew Kaye, director of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning.