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Sociology Major

Engage in the community

Explore sociology at Bridgewater. You’ll participate in interactive classes. Conduct research. Study subjects such as anthropology, cultural studies, criminology, data analysis, family, race and ethnicity, and social theory.

You’ll be prepared for a variety of careers and graduate programs. Our graduates have gone on to success in the social sciences, human services, education, the legal professions, criminal justice, government, business and communications.

When you earn a sociology degree at Bridgewater, you develop skills in interpretation, writing, research and analysis that make you invaluable to future employers. Imagine what you might do.

Specific requirements for this major can be found in the College Catalog.

Required Courses Meet the Faculty

Study Abroad

We encourage all sociology students to study abroad if possible. Check out the dozens of destinations that are available through BC’s Office of Study Abroad.


Our students have completed internships in:

  • Social Work
  • Public Schools
  • Daycare
  • Probation and parole
  • Correctional facilities
  • Law firms
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Institutions for emotionally handicapped and delinquent youth
  • Recreation centers
  • Community redevelopment
  • Halfway houses

What can you do with a degree in sociology?

Like many BC graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • Bryn Mawr College (Social Work)
  • Catholic University (Social Work)
  • East Tennessee State University (Social Work)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (Counseling)
  • George Washington University (Sociology)
  • University of Kentucky (Information and Library Science)
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore (Social Work)
  • University of Maryland‑Towson (Gerontology)
  • Radford University (Social Work)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Social Work)
  • Virginia Tech (Sociology)
  • Wake Forest University (Divinity)
  • West Virginia University (Social Work)

Or pursue a career in:

  • Adult Protective Services
  • Anti-Poverty Programs
  • Aging
  • Case Management
  • Child Protective Services/Child Welfare
  • Civil Service
  • Community Organizing
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
  • Family and Human Relations Work
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Forensic Science
  • Gerontology
  • International Fields
  • Law and Legal Professions
  • Peace Corps
  • Social Policy
  • Social Research and Data Analysis
  • Social Work
  • Urban and Rural Planning and Development

Learn more about career paths, employment and advancement in the field of sociology from the American Sociological Association.