Sociology Major & Minor
The Sociology program at Stonehill College considers the relationship between micro contexts such as individuals and small groups, and larger institutions such as education, politics, religion, media and the family.
Students in the Sociology program will critically analyze relationships between individuals, groups, cultures and social institutions. Such analyses provide our students methodological, theoretical and experiential tools to understand human experiences, the roots of inequalities, and pathways toward justice in the U.S. and throughout the world.
The program prepares students for engaged citizenship and careers. Our graduates work and have continued their education in fields such as education, criminal justice, law, health, social work, human services and related areas.
Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Projects
The Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is a valuable opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform significant, publishable full time research under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced faculty researcher.
- Lena Ottati ‘19 and Emma Patten ‘19 worked with Professor Jungyun Gill on Feminism in the Era of Trump.
- Melissa Mardo ’17 worked with Professor Chris Wetzel on Students in Action: Changing Forms and Foci of Engagement in an Era of Globalization.
- Paige Campbell ’18 worked with Professor Jungyun Gill on Is Gender Equality Good for Mental Health?
- Linsey Malia ’18 worked with Professor Jungyun Gill on Racism and Mental Health: An Application of Critical Race Theory.
- Olivia Osiecki ’16 worked with Professor Erica Tucker on Examining Readers’ Interpretations of Historical Violence in Children’s & Young Adult Literature.
- Emma Lorusso ’16 worked with Professor Jungyun Gill on Stories of Asian Adoptees: Interviews and Letters to Birth Families.
- Prithak Chowdhury ’15 worked with Professor Christopher Wetzel on Students in Action: Changing Forms and Foci of Engagement in an Era of Globalization.
- Matthew Attaya ’15 worked with Corey Dolgon on Youth Leadership Development in Brockton.
Faculty – Student Research Collaborations
In addition to SURE, faculty work with students to conduct research in other types of projects. This might include working with faculty on their own research, but also includes the work students do on their own research projects and on their thesis projects.
- Paige Campbell ’19 conducted her senior thesis in applied sociology with Professor Chris Wetzel on Creating an Effective Diabetes Intervention in Native American Populations.
- Lena Ottati ’19 conducted her senior thesis with Professor Jungyun Gill on Feminist Identities of Participants of a 2017 Women’s March.
- Emma Patten ’19 conducted her senior thesis with Professor Jungyun Gill on Exploring the Intersection of Feminist and Environment Movements through Participants in a 2017 Women’s March. She presented at the Eastern Sociological Society 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Angela Farias ’18 worked with Professor Erica Tucker on “I Refuse to Inherit All Your Sufferings”: Changing Gender Ideologies in an Intergenerational Azorean Immigrant Family.
- Yamilex Gonzalez-Baez ’18 conducted her senior thesis on applied sociology with Professor Jungyun Gill on Gender Roles in Romantic Relationship.
- Jameilen Jones ’18 worked with Professor Jungyun Gill on Child Welfare and Education.
- Andrea Mancuso ’17 conducted her senior thesis in applied sociology with Professor Jungyun Gill on A Cross-Cultural Study of Mental Health Stigma: The Cases of India, South Africa, and Brazil.
- Emma Lorrusso ’16 did her senior thesis in applied sociology with Professor Jungyun Gill on Exploring Transracial Adoption: An In-depth Look into the Experiences of Korean and Chinese Adoptees. She presented with Professor Gill at the Eastern Sociological Society 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Emma Lorusso ’16 worked on another study with Professor Jungyun Gill on Asian Adoptees.
- Olivia Osiecki ’16 worked with Professor Jungyun Gill on a study of Girls’ Education.
- Alexandra Keohane, Bretton Keohane, and Gabrielle Peruccio, all class of ’15 conducted applied research with Professor Chris Wetzel on School as a Social Institution.
- Kelli Brodbeck ’14 conducted her senior thesis in applied sociology with Professor Chris Wetzel on Patrolling Borders: Symbolic Boundaries and the Culture of Campus Policing.
- Laura Dzgoeva ’14 conducted her senior thesis in applied sociology with Professor Chris Wetzel on What’s in a Game? The Popularization and Legitimization of ‘League of Legends’ and eSports.
- Michelle Renna ’14 conducted her senior thesis in applied sociology with Professor Chris Wetzel on Real Teachers?: A Comparative Analysis of Meaning Making and Professional Perspectives Among Urban Educators.
Student Presentations at Recent Conferences
- Lauren Wallace ’19 and Lilah Meehan ’20 presented on The Effects of Gender and Racial Stereotypes on Relationship Initiation: Are Women Who Make the First Move Seen as Desperate? at the Eastern Sociological Society 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Denis Osvaldo Garcia Reyes ’19 presented on The Complexities and Intersectionality of Race and Immigrant Status at the Eastern Sociological Society 2019 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Jungyun Gill and Linsey Malia ’18 presented on Gender, Inter-Parental Disrespect, and Children’s Life Course Depressive Symptoms at the Society for the Study of Social Problems 2017 Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada.
- Jungyun Gill, Olivia Osiecki ’16 and Matt Pini ’16 presented on Liberal Arts College Students’ Attitudes toward a Neighboring City and the Implications for Service Learning at the Eastern Sociological Society 2015 Annual Meeting in New York, New York.
Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.
Where Our Sociology Graduates Work
Stonehill students who graduate with a B.A. in Sociology move into myriad professions, agencies, graduate schools and service opportunities. Continue exploring where our graduates work.
Student of the Year Award Recent Winners
- 2019: Emma Patten and Lauren Wallace
- 2018: Madison McGlone and Melissa Parker
- 2017: Melissa Mardo and Marla Aboujaoudi
- 2016: Hannah Krueger
- 2015: Kayla O’Brien and Breanne Penkala
- 2014: Kelli Brodbeck and Laura Dzgoeva