Unlock the potential for a fairer, more just society.
You want to shake things up. You see the challenges communities face, from race relations to homelessness, addiction, unemployment, and beyond. And you want to make an impact and be a positive force in your community.
With a strong focus on research and internships in the Greater Boston community, this major will prepare you for graduate school, as well as work in social policy, law and advocacy, community organizations, business, public health, and public administration. As you grow into a career that transforms children, families, and communities, you'll blaze trails and gain a reputation as an innovative problem solver and creative thinker.
With early and guided hands-on learning in places like the Rian Immigration Center, Black Lives Matter, Transgender Emergency Fund, Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma, and many more, you'll graduate prepared to succeed.
As a sociology and social change major, you’ll take a close look at how our society works and how we decide what’s important to us. Then, you’ll focus on solutions to the areas where society doesn’t live up to its promises of equality, fairness, and justice for all.
To tackle social problems like homelessness, discrimination, and unemployment, you first need to understand the scope of the problem. That’s where research comes in. You’ll examine challenges and the potential solutions other cities and communities have tried to see what works and what doesn’t. Along the way, you’ll investigate the dynamics that play out among individuals, groups, and society as a whole.
You’ll analyze how race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and globalization intersect to affect social life and social structures. And through your small, intensive courses, you’ll dive into powerful questions about how relationships, groups, and structures impact individuals and society as we know it.