Department of Sociology

About Us

The Sociology Department at UMass Lowell offers:

  • Courses that deal with a range of topics, including families, environmental change, immigration, law and society, gender, deviance and crime, social policy, war and peace, work, health care and globalization
  • Hands-on engagement with area non-profits through service-learning and community engaged courses 
  • Exceptional training in sociological theory and research methods
  • Faculty who know you well and are committed to your success

An Understanding of Society

The study of sociology focuses on the social institutions that comprise various types of societies and the interaction between these entities. It is a diverse and complex field that spans many relevant contemporary social topics and can prepare students for careers requiring a deep understanding of the intricacies of contemporary life.

The major in sociology offers students the opportunity to understand the nature of social life in our own and other societies. It provides a unique perspective from which to gain a systematic view of material in a large number of fields. Courses encompass such topics as ethnic cultures, the dynamics of social policy, relationships between sexes, the nature of industrial capitalism and the impact of technology on modern society. Students are encouraged to do work in the Lowell area as part of the sociology program. 

A prevalent value within the Sociology Department is the search for meaningful social change. Students who are interested in working in human services, personnel management, urban planning, elder services, communications, law, teaching or full-time academic work might consider a major in sociology.


The Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, through excellence in teaching, research and service, seeks to contribute to a rigorous, scientific understanding of society that will serve as a powerful resource for strengthening citizenship and communities. We are dedicated to providing an environment in which students gain the skills to think critically and to contribute to social justice and community building through their academic and professional work.