Sociology Major


Why study Sociology at Chestnut Hill College?


From global terrorism to genocide, in today's changing society, we struggle to understand complex social issues that affect all aspects of our personal and professional lives. According to the American Sociological Association, "sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior." Through research, theory and application of knowledge, the field of sociology attempts to address the challenging social issues of our time.


At Chestnut Hill College, students majoring in sociology have the option of entering many different careers. Whatever career path is chosen, sociology students benefit from the skills learned in problem solving, critical thinking, research mthods and effective communication strategies. The curriculum is taught by highly qualified and experienced professors who provide a well-rounded education in preparation for employment in the field and/or graduate study. In addition to receiving a bachelor's degree in sociology, CHC offers an M.S. degree in Administration of Human Services for students who are interested in continuing their studies and preparing for leadership positions in Human Service organizations.


What are the requirements?


Sociology majors complete a minimum of 10 courses (30-60 credits) to qualify for a B.A. in Sociology. These requirements include:

  • Four courses in Sociology
  • Senior Seminar in Sociology
  • Five electives chosen from Sociology, Human Services or Criminal Justice courses

For more information on the specific course requirements as well as a sample academic plan, please see the 2014-15 SUS Course Catalog (pages 233-34).