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Sociology helps us to understand society and ourselves, from our brief interactions with anonymous individuals to our roles within our families and jobs.

Sociology challenges us to question routines and expectations, to understand why we see things the way we do and to inquire into how different people approach the same situations from a variety of cultural backgrounds. By developing a sociological perspective, we can identify the institutions that shape society, at large, and our individual lives.

At Emmanuel, sociology students make significant contributions by creating more just social structures through their involvement in movements for social justice, peace, civil rights, women's rights, democracy and human rights throughout the world. These students go beyond the classroom, tapping into the rich social, academic and professional resources that Boston has to offer through exciting internships and research opportunities.


With a general sociology major as well as concentrations in social inequality + social justice, human services or crime + justice, Emmanuel’s sociology department offers a wide array of courses that prepare students to critically analyze the key institutions that comprise society.

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  • Sociology

    How and why people act represents a fascinating puzzle, with pieces of class, gender, race, religion and others joining together to play significant roles.

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Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.

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Department Highlights

Small classes, big advantages

Our dedicated Sociology Department faculty regularly collaborate with undergraduate students on research, allowing for both personal attention and the unique opportunity to publish in renowned journals and present at national conferences.

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Recent News


Giannotti '13 Pursues MSW at UPenn After Completing National Service

After two years of service working with the homeless population through the Jesu...

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Crossley Speaks on Hashtag Activism at Fall Hakim Lecture

On Wednesday, October 28th, television and radio host, commentator and public sp...

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Marcella '16 Lands Internship at Dream Job

Sociology major Anthony Marcella '16 works as an intelligence intern with the Bu...

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Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!

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Class of 2015: Where We Work

Position Company Major
College Advisor College Advising Corps at Boston University Sociology: Human Services
Finance and Administration Manager Notre Dame Education Center Sociology: Social Justice + Inequality
Outreach Coordinator Raising a Reader Sociology: Human Services
TES Supervisor Youth Options Limited Sociology: Crime + Justice
Toddler Teacher New Generation Children's Center Sociology
Undergraduate Nursing Student Records Coordinator Regis College Sociology: Crime + Justice

Class of 2015: Where We Attend Grad School

Degree Institution Major
M.S.W. Simmons College Sociology
M.A., Education Emmanuel College Sociology: Crime + Justice
M.S., Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology University of New Hampshire Sociology: Crime + Justice
M.S.W. Salem State University Sociology: Human Services
M.S. Simmons College Sociology: Human Services


Whether you are a current Emmanuel student or a prospective student exploring Emmanuel for the first time, we can help you determine what’s next. Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor, connect with the Career Center or the Office of International Programs to explore internship or study abroad options, or contact the Office of Admissions to set up a campus tour.

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