Sociology at Providence College

Why Study Sociology at Providence College?
The sociology department at Providence College offers students the chance to examine the world through a sociological lens. Through active, engaged learning and student participation, students are challenged to approach their world critically and to achieve a nuanced understanding of how stratification, marginalization, and institutionalization impact society at large and individual opportunities, experiences, and realities.

Students are introduced to sociological perspectives that are global, national, and local and to social realities that reflect the complexities of race, class, gender, and culture.

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What you'll study

The sociology major involves 10, three-credit courses. The four required courses are Introductory Sociology, Social Research Methods, Sociological Theory, and Sociology Capstone.

The six elective courses can be chosen based on the students’ interest and the course offerings each semester. Some examples of these electives are: Sociology of the Family, Immigration, Criminology, Urban Sociology, and Consumer Society.

Through these courses as well as experiential learning opportunities, students form a foundation of sociological knowledge and understanding.

Sociology Minor
A minor in sociology is also available, and is a valuable addition to many other fields of study including anthropology, health policy and management, public and community service, global studies, secondary education, business, humanities and many others.

Selected Courses

  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • History of Social Thought
  • Social Research Methods
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Immigration
  • Latino/as in the United States
  • Consumer Society
  • The Sociology of Disaster
  • Urban Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Social Movements


Our faculty members have been trained in some of the top doctoral programs in the country and have a deep commitment to undergraduate education and social change. They are not only professors, but award-winning scholars and active citizens in the wider community.

Our faculty present at national sociological conferences and have authored articles in esteemed professional publications like The Sociological Quarterly, Ethnicities, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, The Journal of Family Issues, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion,  and the Journal of Latino and Latin American Studies. They offer expertise in a wide variety of subject areas:, race and racism, Latino(a) sociology, immigration, crime and violence, feminist theory, sociology of development, and more.



In addition to innovative classroom experiences, our students have access to multiple experiential learning opportunities and independent studies. These opportunities include service and internship experiences in the community, independent or collaborative research under the supervision of a faculty mentor, and invitations to the many speakers we help bring to campus.

Internships are also available at a variety of organizations, including the R.I. public defender’s office, the Dorcas International Institute for Rhode Island, the R.I. Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation, and others.

Each spring we host our annual Sociology Student Recognition Dinner, where we recognize students for excellence in research, activism, and departmental citizenship. Additionally, we induct members into the Rhode Island chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. Members can enter papers to AKD-sponsored contests and are eligible for funding to travel to regional sociological meetings, among other benefits.



of 2017-2021 sociology graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school

*Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

  • 68% are employed only
  • 12% are attending school only
  • 13% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • American Institute for Foreign Study
  • AmeriCorps
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Fidelity Investments
  • FoodtoEat
  • Lifespan
  • Maxim Healthcare Group
  • New York Liberty
  • Omnicom Media Group
  • Teach for America
  • Wheaton College

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston College
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Fordham University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Providence College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Michigan