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Sociology, Bachelor of Arts

Sociology and Anthropology


In today’s diverse global workplace, it is more important than ever to understand the ways different groups of people interact. Psychologists, hospital administrators, research analysts and human resource specialists are just some of the chosen career paths for graduates holding a sociology degree.

No wonder the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth for sociology majors to increase much faster than average, with opportunities for graduates holding advanced degrees to be even greater.

You can prepare for these opportunities through the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology at St. John's. This 120-credit program provides a solid theoretical background in sociology along with the analytical and practical skills necessary for meaningful careers in a wide variety of fields.

Depending on your interests and career goals, you can pursue one of the following program tracks to customize your degree:

  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Urban Sociology

Department Contact

Michael L. Indergaard
Professor and Chair
Sociology and Anthropology
St. John Hall, Room 444L
[email protected]

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To earn your B.A. in Sociology, you complete 120 credits, including core, major, and elective requirements. The major requirements are outlined below.

For more information about the courses listed below, please see the St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.

Major Sequence — 33 Credits

SOC1000CIntroduction to Sociology3
SOC1170Inequality: Race, Class and Gender3
SOC2610Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences3
SOC3240Sociological Theory3
SOC4270Research Methods3
SOC4990Sociology Seminar3
SOC Electives15

Program Tracks

To customize your degree according to your career goals and interests, you may opt to select a program track and apply nine elective credits to one of the following focus areas. If you do not elect a program track, you may instead choose 15 elective courses in consultation with an advisor. 


  • SOC 1100  Sociology of Prisons
  • SOC 1110  Criminology
  • SOC 1130  White Collar Crime
  • SOC 1160  Social Construction of Deviance
  • SOC 2000  Global Crime
  • SOC 2010  The Inside-Out prison Exchange
  • SOC 2110  Women and Crime
  • SOC 2120  Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 2200  Substance Abuse and Addition in Society
  • SOC 2220  Domestic Violence
  • SOC 2330  Human Trafficking
  • SOC 2360  Sociology of Law
  • SOC 2460  Social Justice and the City

Cultural Studies

  • ANT/SOC 1025 Genders and Cultures Around the World
  • ANT/SOC 1035 Science, Technology, and the Human
  • SOC 2320  Power, Culture, and News Media
  • SOC 2360  Sociology of Law
  • SOC 2440  Gender and Sexual Identities in Popular Culture
  • SOC 2670  Sociology of Religion

Gender and Sexualities

  • ANT/SOC 1025 Gender and Cultures Around the World
  • SOC 1150  Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 2020  Gender and Development
  • SOC 2110  Women and Crime
  • SOC 2220  Domestic Violence
  • SOC 2330  Human Trafficking
  • SOC 2430  Sociology of Gender and Sexualities
  • SOC 2440  Gender and Sexual Identities in Popular Culture
  • SOC 2470  Gender and Sexualities in a Global Context

Race and Ethnicity

  • SOC 2040 Methods in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • SOC 2230  Sociology of Latino/as in the U.S.
  • SOC 2340  Social Construction of Race in the United States
  • SOC 2410  Race and Ethnicity in America
  • SOC 2420  Immigration and Inequality in the United States
  • SOC 2450  Sociology of the Black Experience
  • SOC 3000 Anti-Blackness Around the Globe

Urban Sociology

  • SOC 1080  Neighborhoods
  • SOC 2460  Social Justice and the City
  • SOC 2480  Women and the City
  • SOC 2630  The City and Metropolis
  • SOC 2680  Critical Debates in the City

Career Outcomes

The concepts you learn, analytical skills you develop, and experience you gain through hands-on research and sophisticated academic technology will give you an edge in the job market. Graduates of the program go on to positions in academic and government research, policy analysis, program evaluation and other social science endeavors. The degree also prepares you for advanced graduate study, including law school.   

Global Approach to Education

Take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Services have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. 

You also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. You can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. Visit Global Education for more information. 

Additional Information

As a Sociology major, you gain a solid understanding of social dynamics and their impact on human relations in communities, organizations and on the global level. You also develop valuable communication and writing skills that are vital to the discipline — and to professional success in virtually any field.

In your efforts, you are guided and mentored by St. John's internationally recognized faculty of scholar-teachers.

You can develop a strong academic and professional edge by joining the Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society, in addition to any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs, organizations, and honor societies.

Every student at St. John's enjoys the outstanding academic resources for which the University is known. Facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories, and our 1.7 million-volume University Library.