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Public Sociology


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

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About Public Sociology

Sociology is unique among the social sciences because it examines the whole of human societies. It focuses on institutional and sociocultural changes rather than on simply economic, political, or technical transformations.  For example, sociology provides an understanding of “modernization” and “globalization” by analyzing their impact on culture human subjectivity, power relations, and collective resistance. Sociology prepares students to scientifically study and personally engage with human groups and communities. It links individual biographies with public issues.

The Sociology major offers two tracks to Ramapo College students interested in studying questions of human diversity, inequality, and social justice in U.S. as well as international societies: Public Sociology and Criminology.

The Public Sociology track offers students opportunities to engage public issues like poverty, race relations, popular culture, gender, and globalization in their studies. This track emphasizes applied research experience which will prove invaluable in the job market and as an excellent preparation for graduate school.

Classes you can take:

Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Social Research with Computers, Food and Population, Social Theory

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Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Human Resources Specialists$41,510 - $121,190
Fundraisers$40,620 - $99,630
Labor Relations Specialists$19,240 - $196,560
Public Relations Specialists$38,610 - $136,450
Bailiffs$33,620 - $88,150

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

Recognizing the international character of contemporary life, the Sociology program at Ramapo College emphasizes internships in local New Jersey and New York communities, as well as in study abroad programs.  By engaging in field study internships, sociology majors develop a broad and refined world perspective, and become highly prepared for graduate school and the workforce.