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Sociology (BA), 4-Year

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D'Youville's Sociology major prepares students to understand the relationships between individuals and social institutions in order to develop solutions to social problems.

Overview & Distinctions


Studying sociology opens up the doors to many careers, including positions in government, public policy, criminal justice, social activism, social work, marketing, or education. D'Youville's Sociology major prepares students to understand the relationships between individuals and social institutions, in order to develop solutions to social problems.

Our program places a strong emphasis on developing clearly defined professional skills. As a student, you'll learn to conduct in-depth interviews, focus groups and data and trend analysis. Upon graduation, you'll be ready to start a career or continue your education in sociology or applied areas such as law, public policy, urban planning, market research, and journalism.

Program Distinctions

Applied Urban Case Study

Juniors and seniors have the unique opportunity to take part in an intense micro-study of problems in a city's urban core. You'll travel with your class to that city to take part in a focused service-learning project.

Individualized Attention

You'll benefit from small classes taught by accomplished faculty, not teaching assistants. And if you're not sure about your career path, our professors will help you explore the possibilities and advise you on courses to take and internships.

Professional Internship

By the time you reach your senior year, you'll be ready to apply what you've learned to an internship in your field of interest. You'll benefit by building your resume while gaining perspective on a future career.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Strong interdisciplinary and liberal arts coursework provides an excellent basis for graduate study. Add a minor to further strengthen your background.
  • Deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through study abroad at a foreign university.
  • Our extensive internship program will allow you to apply what you've learned and gain the kind of real-world experience employers look for through actual on-the-job experience as an intern.
  • D'Youville's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:
High School Average SAT + (or) ACT
80 980 19

+ Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23

*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.



Degree: B.A.

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific areas of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
SOC 101

Principles of Sociology

This course examines interactions among individuals and groups within institutions. Attention is paid to the role of the state and the super-state in perpetuating social stratification in both North America and globally,and how unequal power relations organize society and shape identities. The ways in which individuals negotiate their lives in different social and economic contexts are also considered. Fundamental sociological concepts are investigated, such as culture,socialization, stratification,social structure,social institutions,and social interactions.

Prerequisites: None

SOC 102

Social Problems

This course is designed as an introduction to major social problems,and sociological concepts and theories used to understand them. Attention is paid to problems such as inequalities related to social class,race/ethnicity,gender, employment and environmental issues. Focus is also put on social change. Sociologists contend the existence of social problems cannot be understood simply by looking at individual-level behavior. Rather,in order fully to understand society problems and how to solve them, larger structural,cultural,and historical forces are examined. Solutions at the individual,social movement,and policy-making level are considered.

Prerequisites: None

SOC 203

Social Theory

The course is a survey of the development of sociological theories since the nineteenth century. How theory influences society and the sociocultural influences which shape theory are also explored. Emphasis is on theory in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Prerequisites: None

SOC 211

Our Changing Social World

This course is designed to help make sense of a rapidly changing world of increasing global interdependence,violence,expanding knowledge and telecommunications, changing values,clashes between religious and secular agendas,transforming family relations and shifting patterns of social inequalities. A number of explanations of social change will be identified and discussed. Special focus is placed on how major social trends influence individuals,intergroup relations and various organizations such as family,work and community. Students will enhance their abilities to plan and shape their own lives in the world around them.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

SOC 215

Research Methods in Sociology

In this course,students are introduced to qualitative methods and the basics of interpreting statistics. Students learn how to analyze and evaluate existing research,construct a research project,conduct focus groups and in-depth interviews,and analyze policy and primary documents. Ethical considerations regarding conducting research and uses of research are discussed.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: SOC-101 or SOC-102

SOC 342

Sociology of Human Rights

This course is designed as an investigation of human rights concerns in contemporary society. Attention is paid to human rights abuses experienced by women,men and children in both North America and a global context.Key documents are related to the human rights movement are analyzed as are major debates in their field.15
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

SOC 410

Senior Project

The senior project involves a major research paper and is highly recommended for students planning on graduate school in sociology or related field.

Prerequisites: None

SOC 444


The Sociology internship is a variable credit (3-12 hours), required course that encourages juniors/seniors to investigate a career through a placement in a professional setting or in the development of future projects (graduate study). This allows students to work under the guidance of an immediate supervisor and a college faculty sponsor.
SOC 408

Collective Behavior

This course is designed to present the study of collective behavior,collective action and social movements. Attention is given to various sociological theories used to explain these behaviors. The focus includes fads and fashion,sports fans,crowds/mobs that form and dissolve quickly, formal organizations and interest groups that spring up in the aftermath of disasters,outbreaks of social protest, and full-blown social movements. Students will consider the particular circumstances which bring about collectivity, the actions taken by the group,media and public response, and the political impact of the behavior.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None


Four Electives

Choose four electives from SOC

Four Electives from a related field or minor

Choose four electives from a related field or minor.
Total 51-60

Major: 51-60
Core requirements and electives: 69
Total: 120-129



A sociology degree gives you a solid liberal arts foundation for a wide range of career paths. Sociology can open doors in business or human services. You can pursue a career in criminology, counseling, healthcare management, secondary or elementary teaching, government service, or employment with non-profit organizations.

Sociology graduates can pursue entry-level positions in:

  • Teaching - elementary and secondary schools, when combined with appropriate teacher certification.
  • Publishing, Journalism and Public Relations - writing, research and editing.
  • Government Services - federal, state or local government jobs in areas such as transportation, housing, agriculture, and labor.
  • Social Services - rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation or administration.
  • Community Work - fundraising, child care, community development, or environmental groups.
  • Corrections - probation, parole, or other criminal justice work.
  • College and university settings - admissions, alumni relations, or placement.
  • Health Services - family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, health planning, hospital admissions, insurance companies.

The search for employment allows you to discover your talents and skills and match them to career opportunities. Pursue employment with an adventurous and calculating spirit and the position you find is likely to be personally and professionally rewarding.

Graduate Education Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in sociology can prepare you for a master's degree in sociology, law, rehabilitation counseling, social work, business management, student personnel, teaching, college administration, health education, healthcare administration, or urban planning.

Graduate schools are selective and you'll need to develop your scholarly abilities and academic skills in order to mount a competitive application. The sociology faculty and your academic advisor will work with you in planning your academic and professional future and in taking the steps to pursue your goals. This process begins during your sophomore year. If you decide to go for a graduate degree, the faculty will tailor your coursework to enhance your research and scholarly skills.



During their senior year, Sociology majors are required to complete an intensive internship. While interning, students are required to complete a minimum of 45 hours of on-site experience. Students work closely with their faculty advisor and internship site supervisor throughout their off-campus experience. The internship gives students a chance to apply their sociological knowledge, to be a participant/observer in an organization or agency related to career interests, and to contribute to the community while studying.

The internship also introduces students to employment possibilities while they receive valuable field experience and build community contacts and employment references. The student's faculty advisor ensures the student is maximizing their potential during the internship experience, and is applying and developing marketable skill-sets. The internship experience prepares students for the competitive job market and for scholarships for advanced study.

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