B.A. in Sociology

The sociology major is designed to cultivate in students an appreciation for the sociological imagination, or “the quality of mind essential to grasp the interplay of individual and society, of biography and history, of self and the world,” as C.  Wright Mills said. As a sociology major, you will examine how humans interact, how they organize together and form enduring social institutions, and how human lives and societies change over time. You will examine institutions such as the family, government, economy, religion, education and the media. You will study in detail the issues that impact us daily as individuals and as a society, and consider the ways we may respond. You may find yourself in class discussions on such diverse topics as the decline of the middle class, the role of gender in sexual experiences, educational inequalities, family conflict, disparities in healthcare, genocide, racism in the media, and the changing demographics of urban and suburban communities.

The 120-credit Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology will deepen your understanding of human society. You will become familiar with the fundamental tools and concepts of the field, including research methodologies, theoretical perspectives and statistical analyses. Additionally, you can enhance your sociology degree with a minor in anthropology.


  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

Check out the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean