Sociology, Master of Arts

33 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The Sociology Department at St. John's University offers a Master's of Arts degree, which is informed by urban and global perspectives. Central to the program is the development of critical thinking and analytical skills through courses on sociological theory, research, and substantive areas leading to careers as researchers, consultants, professors, and/or sociologically informed practitioners in any setting.

The program faculty are actively involved in research projects investigating various social milieus in the New York metropolitan area. Their active research informs their teaching and fuels a dynamic exchange of ideas for students enrolled in the program. Faculty research, combined with department sponsored colloquia provide additional forums for students to engage in dialogues and debate.

General Sociology Students interested in a broad based program can choose from any of the elective courses the department offers.


Department Information
Dr. Dawn Esposito, Chair
St. John Hall, Room 444D


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Requirements for Admission

Baccalaureate degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 and 18 undergraduate credits in sociology or a related social science. International students must take the University's English Placement examination.

Graduate Assistantships
Competitive assistantships are available for qualified full-time students.

Graduate Admission Information
Robert Medrano, Director
Office of Graduate Admission

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Career Outcomes

The program is specifically designed to prepare students for careers in diverse fields, including:

  • Public Relations
  • Office of the District Attorney
  • Probation/Parole/Social Work
  • Ph.D. student in Sociology
  • Investigator, FBI
  • Federal Parole Officer
  • NYC Probation Officer
  • Agents, U.S. Customs
  • Director of University Advertising
  • Hospital Researcher
  • Human Resources Specialists
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Research Analyst
  • Program Evaluator

The program also prepares students for further academic study including doctoral programs, law school, and graduate social work programs.

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Additional Information

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the family to the hostile; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. Today, persons with sociological backgrounds are increasingly being called upon to analyze and address tough public policy issues from health care reform to international crime. In fact, few disciplines prepare their students with as many relevant theoretical and practical skills for dealing with real-life issues as does sociology. Even if you have decided on a different major at this point in your college career, a solid minor in sociology will provide you a decisive competitive edge in almost any job market. Moreover, students planning on a career in law will be hard pressed to find a more appropriate preparation for the types of skills required of law students and attorneys than sociology.

What Can I do With A Bachelors Degree In Sociology?

A Bachelor's (B.A./B.S.) degree in sociology provides you with an excellent liberal arts foundation for embarking upon a wide range of career paths. Your undergraduate training in sociology can open a variety of doors in business and the human services. Sociology majors who enter the business world work in sales, marketing, customer relations, and human resources. Those who enter human services work with youths at risk, the elderly, or people experiencing problems related to poverty, substance abuse, or the justice system. Sociologists are also employed in Urban Planning, Demography, Ecology, police work, CIA, FBI and various other governmental agencies.

A Bachelors degree in sociology from St. John's University will give you a competitive advantage in today's ever changing information society. The solid base you will receive in hands-on research, statistics, and hi-tech computer software coupled with sociological concepts will enable you to stand out on the job market for support positions in research, policy analysis, program evaluation, and other social science endeavors. An advanced degree (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D.) will qualify you to compete for teaching and/or research positions in colleges and universities. And for a variety of policy related and applied sociology positions in the private and public sectors.

Do I Know Any Sociologists?

You can find sociologists in a number of exciting arenas. Many distinguished national political leaders are sociologists. For example, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) has a doctorate in sociology and civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Ralph Abernathy earned B.A.s in sociology.

How Can I Learn More About Sociology?

Contact the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, St. John's Hall 444D, x6296 or x5667. Also, go on-line to The American Sociological Association homepage:

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