Sociology: Social Research


A major

You dream about changing the world – or at least some corner of it. You wonder, “what if this public assistance program did that? Could a small change make a big difference?” You want to help your community by understanding issues more comprehensively.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology at Bryant provides you with a deep understanding of the sociological perspective that will help you discover the answers to these questions. In the Social Research track, you will focus on Social Research methods that build upon the sociology core. Your courses within the major culminate in a substantial, individual research project for your Capstone experience.

You’ll become skilled at conceptualizing problems, designing research, and analyzing data through a combination of traditional sociology courses and individual research under the close supervision of a sociology faculty member. You will develop a deep understanding and be able to think analytically about the ways in which individual behavior is connected to the larger social world.

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 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology program also provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies in areas such as sociology, business, law, education, and public policy.

Sociology: Social Research 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 - Social Research Content Track Courses

Statistics II (MATH350)

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 Capstone I (SOC491)

Four (4) Social Science Electives (at least 2 in Sociology)

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.


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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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