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About Sociology

Do people and how they interact with each other and institutions in our society intrigue you? Does studying the increasing diversity of the US population and race relations interest you? Or would you rather learn more about how different theories of criminal behavior have influenced rehabilitation policies?

Sociology focuses on institutional and sociocultural changes rather than on simply economic, political, or technical transformations. The major prepares students to scientifically study and personally engage with human groups and communities.

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Your degree in Sociology will provide analytical capacities and practical skills for understanding and working with human groups, and for conducting research using a precise and humanistic scientific methodology. You can pursue careers as a researcher or in human relations/personnel in industry and government, human services, criminal justice, fill positions in regional and community planning and environmental protection and in law enforcement in various settings such as courts, FBI, schools, and communities.
If you’re interested in education, you can select Sociology as a suitable major for Teacher Education and Social Studies certification. You can also enter a range of graduate programs.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Sociologists$44,690 - $136,070
Urban and Regional Planners$43,840 - $118,470
Social Science Research Assistants$36,000 - $93,150
Instructional Coordinators$38,090 - $113,330
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors$45,410 - $102,650
Community Health Workers$31,260 - $89,690
Social and Human Service Assistants$22,630 - $50,720

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services (cahill@ramapo.edu) or visit www.ramapo.edu/careercenter/.

The sociology major offers two tracks for Ramapo students interested in studying questions of human diversity, inequality, and social justice in the U.S. as well as international societies:

  • Public Sociology: engage on public issues like poverty, race relations, popular culture, gender, and globalization. Emphasis is placed on applied research experience.
  •  Criminology: offers opportunities to learn about law enforcement fields by exploring issues of class, race, gender, and religious differences, locally and globally. Training includes analyzing diverse situations that could present themselves in future professions in law enforcement.

Ramapo Sociology majors have gained internship experience with the Office of Senator Bob Menendez and the New Jersey Courts Intensive Supervision Program, as well as numerous governmental and non-profit organizations in Northern New Jersey.

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