If you want to better understand the connections between broad social forces and people's every day experiences, sociology has many opportunities to explore. As a sociology major you will study human behavior within its social context. You will attain a solid background in the theoretical frameworks and research methods that social scientists use to understand social interactions and the major social institutions of our society - like family, economy, and religion. At Queens, we apply experiential learning. You will actually practice the craft of sociology by critically analyzing social problems, collecting and interpreting empirical data, and applying informed sociological perspectives to public policy and community development.
Perks of Being a Sociology Major
As a sociology major, you will have opportunities to:
- Study abroad, with options in more than 50 countries
- Volunteer in a variety of non-profits in Charlotte
- Engage in undergraduate research with professors, at times one-on-one
- Explore and practice in the field of social science
- Present your work at local, state and national level conferences
All Queens students complete at least one internship. As a sociology student, this is your chance to further explore your career interests. We have had students in the social sciences complete internships with organizations such as:
- Youth Homes, Inc.,
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
- Latin American Coalition
Sociology major Kerri Altizer '14 completed an internship with the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) where she accompanied agents who were searching for criminals and testifying in a murder trial.
When You Graduate
The sociology major emphasizes cultural awareness and analytical and communication skills. With this knowledge, you will be prepared for careers in a variety of areas including:
- Helping professions
- Law enforcement and corrections
- Government and non-profit agencies
- Human resources
- Applied research positions
You will also be equipped for graduate study in the social sciences, public administration, social work, public health and criminal justice.
"Everything I've gotten from Queens has been life-changing. The small class sizes and the ability to really engage with professors on a personal level has been wonderful." -Sociology major Jessica Borgnis '12