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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • The Spring international application deadline is Dec. 12
  • The Fall international application deadline is Aug. 2
    • Had an average GPA of 3.59 and an average combined Evidence Based Reading and Math SAT score of 1239 (ACT equivalent 26)

English requirements

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version of the test, 213 on the computer-based version or a 79-80 on the internet-based version. IELTS minimum score: 6.5.
  • Freshman applicants may waive the TOEFL, IELTS exam if their secondary institution provides written verification that the means of instruction is in English, they are enrolled in an IB curriculum, attend an American School or enrolled in a curriculum that leads to Cambridge International Examinations: IGCSE/O-Level and GCE/A level exam.

Course Information

The study of sociology focuses on the social relationships and institutions that comprise social life in our own and other societies.


  • Sociologists study many different subjects: race and ethnicity, social policy, gender and sexuality, family and kinship, the nature of industrial capitalism, the effect of technology on modern society and interpersonal relationships. These are just a few of the many areas sociologists are interested in understanding. What draws these different areas together is the emphasis on understanding social life, both in our own society and cross-culturally. 
  • The sociology major offers students the opportunity to learn about our social world. Courses cover a wide range of fields. As part of their program, students are encouraged to work in the Lowell community. Many students complete corporate or agency internships in which they work within a field setting to gain needed job experience. 
  • Department members value the search for meaningful social change. Students who are interested in working in human services, social work, personnel management, urban planning, elder services, communications, law, education, research, community activism or full-time academic work might consider a major in sociology.   

Policy and Social Problems Concentration

  • Students may choose a concentration in Policy and Social Problems, which provides a pathway for those who want to focus specifically on applying analytical tools of sociological thinking to social problems and their solutions.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

The Sociology Department has integrated a skill sequence into their courses that all major students will master by the time of their graduation. The skills developed will help major students succeed throughout all elements of their academic career, as well as provide to be beneficial for their career development. Throughout each level of courses, our students' skills will incrementally improve in the following areas:

  • Writing
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Research

Thesis Option 

  • The thesis option involves advanced reading, research and analysis in selected topics in sociology. Students taking this option are strongly advised to do so in the fall semester of the senior year. No more than six credits can be taken for thesis. There will be two readers for the thesis, one of whom will be the thesis adviser. Students will be asked to defend the thesis.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Executive Director, Sibling Connections (serving children in foster care)
  • Residential Counselor, Vinfen (psychological rehabilitation services)
  • Assistant Site Manager, Jumpstart (preschool literacy program)
  • Associate Behavior Therapist, ABA Services (early intervention for children on the autism spectrum)
  • Special Education Teacher, Lexington Public Schools
  • Assistant Program Director, NFI Massachusetts (serving state-involved children and youth)
  • Research and Evaluation Assistant, United Teen Equality Center
  • Case Worker, Department of Children and Families
  • Human Resources Manager, Wash Depot Holdings Inc. (industrial car wash company)
  • Intensive Care Coordinator, Children’s Services of Roxbury
  • Adoption Worker, Department of Children and Families
  • Constituent Service Coordinator, State Senator Kathleen O’Connors
  • English Teacher, LangCon English Academy in Korea 
  • Research Assistant, Tufts University Center for the Study of Drug Development
  • Therapeutic Mentor, The Key Program, Inc. (assists troubled youth and families in developing life skills).

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