| ACADEMICS | Schools & Departments | Sociology
In the Sociology Department at Worcester State University, you will join a diverse community of faculty and students that examines issues of social justice and endeavors to make the world a better place.
Our department focuses on engagement with the community, the region, and the world. In classes on topics ranging from medical sociology and criminology to public policy and social entrepreneurship, we emphasize critical thinking joined with action. Many of your courses will have community-based components, and we encourage you to consider studying away to expand your global perspective. Outside of class, you’ll have ample opportunities to learn and conduct research in real-world settings—on campus at our Center for Social Innovation and Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, just steps off campus, and around the world. To conclude your studies, you’ll have the chance to pull together everything you’ve learned into a capstone project that showcases your sociology knowledge and integrates your in- and out-of-class learning experiences.
If you are a non-traditional student with sociology-related work experience, you can pursue a degree in sociology through our Next Step program. Next Step offers flexible evening, weekend, and summer courses as well as the opportunity to gain credit for completing a portfolio of prior learning. In fact, you can complete our program entirely at night, if that best suits your lifestyle.
If you achieve a GPA of at least 3.25 as a sociology major, you’ll have the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in non-profit management within five years through an accelerated 4+1 program. If you are majoring in a complementary field like criminal justice, business, or world languages, you can enhance your career trajectory with a minor in sociology.