Sociology, BA

Central to Cultivating Understanding.

Central’s BA in Sociology prepares students to become thoughtful, engaged, and responsible citizens in an interdependent world.

The program provides students with a firm understanding of the complex social structures and processes that connect their private lives and experiences to their present society as well as to the multi-varied characteristics of a global society. This process involves developing the capacities for conceptualizing problems, locating them within general sociological paradigms, and evaluating solutions based on empirical analysis, established research, and the diverse needs, interests, and identities of affected communities.

Program Features

  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Classes on-campus and in hybrid format
  • Small class sizes
  • Award-winning faculty (EIT Teaching Award, BOR Teaching Award, Rainbow Award)
  • Senior Seminar Conference
  • Participation in the Eastern Sociological Annual Meeting presenting research
  • Internship and study abroad opportunities
  • Financial aid and scholarships available
  • Free on-campus child care available

Admissions Contact

Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Dr. A. Fiona Pearson
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall 317-05

Academic Department


My sociology education inspired me to understand that the mechanisms through which our society operates are changeable because they are socially constructed. This helped me to find where I want to effect social change - and now helps me do it effectively. In my career in recycling and waste management, I am able to understand how the systems that create environmental damage are really made up of small decisions by individuals, and the individuals that make decisions for businesses and governments.

Tory McBrien

Did You Know?

Central’s Career Development office works to place Sociology students in 4-credit internship programs with organizations like Hands On Hartford, Community Mental Health Affiliates, and Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, and more.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply a sociological perspective which demonstrates an understanding of the link between private troubles and public issues; the preeminence of social structures and their influence; and the value of empirical analysis.
  2. Demonstrate foundational research and writing skills, including effective use of vocabulary, organization, and references to support a clear sociologically-informed thesis.
  3. Ability to develop well-organized and plausible arguments, demonstrating a sound knowledge of sociological concepts.
  4. Perform sociological research by locating, analyzing, synthesizing, and interpreting sociologically relevant data to address research questions and draw evidenced-based conclusions.
  5. Communicate findings from sociological research orally and writing in a professional context.