Sociology: Service Learning


A major and a minor

Are you fascinated by the way people view an event in vastly different ways? Do you wonder how communities of seemingly diverse perspectives agree to act for the betterment of society without compromising individual values? How can you understand issues and offer more positive actions?

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology provides you with a deep understanding of the sociological perspective that will help you discover answers to these questions. When you choose the Service Learning Track, your courses and activities build upon the sociology core with an emphasis on community engagement. Service Learning is central to a rigorous curriculum that presents you with the opportunity to apply classroom theories to unscripted problems in real-life settings.

You will bring your experiences back to the classroom for reflection, discussion, and debate, connecting theory and practice in a powerful way.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

The Sociology core is combined with a broad set of liberal arts courses and a required minor in a business discipline, establishing the foundation for rewarding careers in a variety of for-profit and nonprofit settings. Bryant’s comprehensive education will prepare you for diverse careers in business, the healthcare industry, criminal justice, social services, and government. The Sociology program also provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies in areas such as sociology, business, law, education, and public policy.

Sociology: Service Learning faculty

The Sociology faculty are talented researchers who have published popular textbooks in sociology, authored articles on immigration and identity, and examined how to create learning opportunities for students that encourage them to be critical and inspired thinkers. These gifted teachers connect academic studies with real-world experience in problem solving through courses in data analysis and community-based learning. 

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For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience

*Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

Sociology Major - Service Learning Content Track Requirements

Community Engagement and Service Learning (SOC250SL)

Principles of Sociology (SOC251) or Honors: Sociology (SOC253)

Research Methods in Sociology (SOC400)

Social Theory: The Study of Isms and Phobias (SOC454)

Sociology and Service Learning Capstone I (SOC491SL)

Five (5) Social Science Electives from the following list:
*At least three in Sociology

At least one (1) of the following:

  • Sociology and Service Learning Internship: Field Study (SOC399SL)
  • Sociology and Service Learning Capstone II (SOC492SL)
  • Sociology and Service Learning Leadership Practicum (SOC499SL)

At least two (2) of the following:

  • Social Problems/Social Solutions – Service Learning Option (SOC351SL)
  • Gender, Illness, and Health – Service Learning Option (SOC352SL)
  • Globalization and Childhood – Service Learning Option (SOC354SL)
  • Sociology of Sport – Service Learning Option (SOC360SL)
  • Sociology of Work – Service Learning Option (SOC452SL)
  • Urban Sociology – Service Learning Option (SOC455SL)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

*Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one Lab Science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level)

Business Minor Requirement 

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales). 

Electives  - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the required business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business.

*Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

For a 12-credit minor: 

Community Engagement and Service Learning (SOC250SL)

Principles of Sociology (SOC251) or Honors Sociology (SOC253)

At least one (1) additional Sociology course that has a Service Learning (SL) designation

One (1) 400-level Sociology course



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To learn more, please contact:
Judith McDonnell, Ph.D.
Professor and Sociology Curriculum Coordinator
Department of History and Social Sciences

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More than money

Alisheya Luthman ‘14

"I discovered the Service Learning track at Bryant thanks to Professor David Ciliberto. He told me that with my energy and drive, it might be a subject I consider.

After my first class, I knew that I was in love with the topic.

The skills I’ve learned have helped me become a better leader, with increased compassion and a heightened understanding of the opportunities that I have in life."