Undergraduate Contact Information

Sociology Program

Dr. Mary T. Chayko
Program Chairperson
Santa Maria Hall
First Floor,
Room 15

Phone: (973) 290-4120
Email: mchayko@cse.edu

Overview & Mission

The mission of the Sociology Program is to engage in the empirical study of society and social behavior, enabling students to understand their social world, to recognize the forces of change operative within it, and to critique conditions affecting social life.

The goals of the Sociology Program are:

  • To facilitate student learning of sociological theory, sociological research methods, and substantive areas of the discipline appropriate to baccalaureate-level education;
  • To enable students to develop skills needed for conducting, evaluating, analyzing, and presenting research;
  • To promote in students scholarly integrity and compliance with professional codes of ethics; and
  • To graduate women prepared for further study, for career-track employment, and for life in a changing society.

The Program also introduces students interested in the social work profession to that field of study through a four-course concentration in social work.

Our course offerings acquaint students with the major concepts, significant findings and diverse theoretical perspectives of sociology. They also facilitate students' understanding of the process of social research, their acquisition of research skills, and their use of appropriate computer resources, and they and prepare students for related graduate study and/or for varied careers utilizing their knowledge of sociology and their analytical skills. Service learning, field work, and internship opportunities are available.

Sociology works excellently as a double major, enabling students to place the understandings that they gain in another discipline within the larger context of society and to study the impact of this other discipline on, and within, society. Recently, sociology students have most often double majored with education, psychology, justice studies, communication, business, or a foreign language, though double majors with many other fields are possible.

Student Outcomes

The successful Sociology major will be able to ...

  • Understand the major concepts, methodologies, and theoretical perspectives of sociology;
  • Analyze literature on topics of sociological importance;
  • Conduct research consistent with scientific and ethical guidelines; and
  • Create and present academic work (papers, posters, oral and technologically-enhanced presentations) that represents one's sociological knowledge and values.

In addition, students who participate in sociology and social work internships will employ their study of sociology and social work in a field work setting, preparing them for work and/or further study in those fields.


Sociology is a very a useful degree, as most employers realize the importance of hiring people who are skilled in understanding and working with diverse multicultural populations and who possess keen analytical reasoning, research, and communication skills. It complements the study of education, business (especially marketing and economics), justice studies, psychology, communication, history, political science, and American Studies especially well, as it overlaps with and has much in common with each of these disciplines, and provides a solid basis for future study in any of these fields. It also prepares students for the study and practice of law, public health and policy, and graduate study in a wide variety of disciplines.

Sociologists work in such areas as:

  • Corporations and various businesses
  • Governments and policy analysis
  • Law
  • Personnel and human resources
  • Public relations

  • Research and polling
  • Sales
  • Social activism (consumer, environmental, etc.)
  • Social Services
  • Teaching

Recent graduates of the College of Saint Elizabeth Sociology Program have also gone on to pursue advanced graduate education in the fields of sociology, social work, psychology, law, and business.

Sociology Program

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Required Courses

  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology (4)
  • SOC371 Sociological Theory (4)
  • SOC301 Social Research Methods (4)
  • SOC331 Race, Class, and Gender (4)
  • SOC365 Data Analysis (4)
  • SOC431 Senior Seminar (2)

Total required course credits: 22

Elective Courses

Two 200-level (or higher), 4-credit courses, selected from among:

  • SOC201 Social Problems (4)
  • SOC207 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work (4)
  • SOC251 Sociology of the Family (4)
  • SOC281 Sociology of Aging (4)
  • SOC221 Cultural Diversity (4)

One 300-level (or higher), 4-credit course, or combination of courses to equal 4 credits, selected from among:

  • SOC311 Criminology (4)
  • SOC321 Urban Sociology (4)
  • SOC351 Sociology of Organizations (4)
  • SOC361 Social Change (4)
  • SOC399 Special Topics in Sociology (4)
  • SOC403 Social Psychology (4)
  • SOC491 Independent Study in Sociology (1-6)
  • SOC495 Internship in Sociology (2-4)

Total elective course credits: 12

Total for major: 34 credits

Optional Social Work Concentration for Sociology Majors (12 credits)

  • SOC207 Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work (4) (can double-count for the Sociology Major)
  • SOC307 Methods in Social Work (4)
  • SOC305 Social Work Programs, Policies and Issues (2)
  • SOC495 Internship in Sociology (2)

Total for Sociology Major with Social Work concentration – 8 additional credits beyond sociology major – 42 credits

Capstone Experience

The Sociology capstone experience encompasses (a) the production (in SOC301 and SOC365) and presentation to members of the CSE community (in SOC431) of a paper and poster representing a comprehensive literature review; and (b) the production (in SOC431) of a project representing empirical research.

Sufficient Progress in the Major

Students must achieve C's or better in all sociology courses for them to count for the major. If a student receives a grade lower than a C in a course she must re-take the course in order to attain a C or higher. If a student receives grades lower than C in two or more sociology courses she may be dropped from the major. Students must also pass comprehensive objective exams given in SOC371 and SOC301 with a grade of 70 or better to remain in the major.

Requirements for a Minor in Sociology

  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology (4)
  • SOC301 Social Research Methods (4)
  • SOC331 Race, Class and Gender (4)
  • SOC200 or 300-level elective (4)
  • SOC300-level elective (2-4 credits)

Electives cannot be social work courses

Total: 18 credits