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Sociology

Ever wanted to follow in the path of influential figures such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Robin Williams or Michelle Obama? Here’s a secret: All were sociology majors. Sociology is the study of humans as they interact in groups, organizations, institutions and social systems. No matter the size of your ambitions, an education at Salisbury University will set you on the right path to understanding the complexity of human nature.

Why Choose Sociology at SU?

Our program explores a wide range of issues relevant to our lives: health care, environment, race relations, gender and sexuality, and more. At SU, we set high standards for student achievement, provide multicultural events and encourage civic involvement.

SU’s Sociology Department sponsors two annual events for its students: a canoeing trip on the Nanticoke River and a spring picnic. The Sociology Action Club, led by students, has shown movies with discussions, organized a trip to the Holocaust Museum, sponsored a fair trade sale, organized bonfires, and volunteered for nursing homes, soup kitchens and afterschool programs.

In addition, internship opportunities abound at SU, giving you the skills needed to transition into an active member of society. Internship placements for our students have included positions in a variety of places, such as:

  • Disability service programs
  • Homeless shelters
  • Juvenile services
  • Maryland Commission on Civil Rights
  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Parole and probation
  • Police agencies
  • Real estate companies
  • United Way

As part of their degree requirements, our sociology majors conduct original research on topics as diverse as the students who study here. SU students have researched topics such as:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Eastern European immigration
  • Effects of divorce on children
  • Stand-up comedy and the election cycle
  • Teen suicide
  • Victimization of LGBT people

Careers

For sociology graduates the career possibilities and opportunities for graduate school are boundless. Sociology is recognized as an essential discipline within the increasingly global economy. Its emphasis on understanding diversity and culture are sought after by the U.S. Department of Defense, the criminal justice field and international business relations. With a degree in sociology at SU, you could become a:

  • Case Worker
  • Criminologist
  • Job Counselor
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Youth Advocate

Meet Diamond – Sociology Major

Find out how Diamond’s sociology major teaches her she has the power to positively impact the world.

Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our faculty is committed to their students’ success in their adult lives. Many include cultural event participation and volunteerism as a component of their courses.

We live in an increasingly diverse, multi-cultural world. Students will have to deal with this reality now and when in the workforce.
Shawn McEntee, Ph.D. Sociology Department Faculty

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