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Sociology and Social Change, B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
The major in Sociology and Social Change offered by Lesley University provides students with a strong foundation in understanding social life and the organization of society. Sociologists study the social relationships between individuals and the larger relationships between social groups and societies. 


Our Sociology and Social Change major offered by Lesley University has a unique focus on social change, investigating ways to improve social problems and the social world, especially from the perspective of social justice and equality. It is a practical major with a particular emphasis on social action and engagement in the world to improve social life and social conditions.

Sociologists develop theories about human behavior, social organization, and social change based on evidence and research, using scientific methods including surveys, ethnography, experimentation, interviewing, and statistical analysis. With a strong focus on research and internships in the community, the Sociology and Social Change major prepares students for graduate school, and for work in social policy, law and advocacy; community organizations; government agencies; social work; international organizations; business; public health; and public administration.

Students will be able to:

  • explain how social relationships, social groups, and social structures affect individuals and how they affect the organization and operation of society.
  • critically analyze the intersecting effects of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and globalization on social life and social structures.
  • employ sociological theories to develop analyses of human behavior, social organization, and social change.
  • frame sociological questions from the perspective of social justice and equality, and design empirical research that leads to creative solutions.
  • effectively present knowledge acquired from sociological analyses on social life and social conditions in both written and oral forms.


Job opportunities for sociology and social change majors are projected to increase by over eleven percent in the next ten years in a wide range of industries, including:
  • Social Policy
  • Law and Advocacy
  • Community Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Social Work

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    On rolling admissions

    3 Intakes per year

    • August
    • January
    • May
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary US Society
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Social Theory
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Senior Capstone Seminar: Current Issues in Social Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Students must visit our website and upload academic transcripts (including completion certificate, if available) along with English proficiency score (if available)
  • When applying, students will need to submit academic transcripts.
  • Students may need to submit one to three recommendations from teachers, professors, colleagues, or supervisors.
  • Students may need to write a written personal statement, submit a portfolio, or supply writing samples.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13800 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    27600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13800 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Lesley Global Academic Advantage: 6,000 - 20,000 USD
  • Apply by: First come, first served
  • Eligibility:  Will be determined upon receiving application

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