Program overview

Explore sociological perspectives to enhance your understanding of how social organizations function, how cultural diversity can be a strength of a society and how power operates in organizations and social interaction.

Why Study Sociology?

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Program requirements

The sociology major blends theory with applied learning and features foundational coursework in sociology and anthropology, a sequence of skills courses and a variety of substantive courses on specific topics.

Sociology spells success

Rider’s training in sociology provides an excellent background and skills for a wide range of careers. Graduates pursue careers in business, counseling, education, government, policy advocacy, public health, media, social services and more. Students also possess a strong foundation to pursue further education to obtain degrees in law, urban planning or social work.

So where can Rider’s B.A. in Sociology take you? Here’s where our alumni are employed or furthering their education:

  • Eden Autism
  • Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
  • Safe & Sound
  • Stellar Academy

Explore and expand your interests

Our curriculum offers students a pathway to engage in a diverse range of hands-on, applied and experiential learning opportunities that allow them to learn more about the study of sociology and narrow down their specialty area.

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Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Sociology (B.A.)

Victor Thompson

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Department of Sociology and Criminology

Fine Arts Building

vthompson [at]


Academic Focus: Sociology

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