Sociology helps us to understand society and ourselves, from our brief interactions with anonymous individuals to our roles within our families and jobs.

Sociology challenges us to question routines and expectations, to understand why we see things the way we do and to inquire into how different people approach the same situations from a variety of cultural backgrounds. By developing a sociological perspective, we can identify the institutions that shape society, at large, and our individual lives.

At Emmanuel, sociology students make significant contributions by creating more just social structures through their involvement in movements for social justice, peace, civil rights, women's rights, democracy and human rights throughout the world. These students go beyond the classroom, tapping into the rich social, academic and professional resources that Boston has to offer through exciting internships and research opportunities.



  • Sociology

    How and why people act represents a fascinating puzzle, with pieces of class, gender, race, religion and others joining together to play significant roles.

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Small classes, big advantages

Our dedicated Sociology Department faculty regularly collaborate with undergraduate students on research, allowing for both personal attention and the unique opportunity to publish in renowned journals and present at national conferences.

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