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Sociology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
Sociology graduates from Boston University work in fields that range from medicine and law to social work, education, market research, business, journalism, criminal justice, policy analysis, and nonprofits.
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Sociology offered by Boston University is the study of social life, social relations, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology majors acquire critical analytic skills in evaluating sociological research, including the background assumptions, appropriateness of methods used, and the strength of explanatory evidence; learn the fundamentals of theoretical and methodological approaches used by sociologists; and gain substantive expert knowledge in a variety of sociological subfields, from medical sociology to urban sociology, from global and transnational social relations to gender inequality and organizational forms. Critical-thinking skills and broad theoretical knowledge prepare majors for many different career options.

Many students go on to complete graduate work in a variety of academic and professional fields, such as sociology and other social sciences, business and management, education, law and criminal justice, and medicine and public health.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental theoretical approaches and key disciplinary concepts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of sociological methods of research design, data gathering, and analysis.
  • Exhibit critical thinking skills in evaluating sociological research, including the background assumptions, appropriateness of methods used, and strength of explanatory evidence.
  • Communicate sociological knowledge in appropriate oral, written, and graphic forms.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Principles in Sociology
  • Sociological Methods
  • Introduction to Sociological Theories
  • American Families
  • Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Confronting Persistent Social Inequalities in Am
  • Confronting Racial, Cultural, Gender, and Social
  • Sociology of Health Care
  • Law and Society
  • Sociology and Inequality
  • Sexuality and Social Life

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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