Skip to content
Several students gathered around an academic poster
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1


Sociology involves trying to figure out social trends. Fisher’s sociology program provides the skills and tools you need to thrive in a world filled with ever-shifting norms and priorities.

The sociology program is designed to contemplate questions of immense consequence to you, your family, your nation, and the world population at large. Coursework is divided between classroom and experiential learning, the latter through at least one internship during your tenure at Fisher. An internship grants you the opportunity to apply sociological concepts to concrete situations and organizations.

A broad knowledge base is a potent key toward understanding the avalanche of spectacular social change that confronts us on a daily basis. Consequently, you will be strongly encouraged to consider a double major, to further cultivate your intellectual resources and enhance your career prospects.

Program Overview

Three required courses, for a total of nine credit hours, form the basis of the sociology program’s curriculum. Nine sociology electives make up the remaining requirements for this program. Informal curriculum areas of focus include health care, family dynamics, multiculturalism and globalization, and modern culture.

Additionally, you may choose to pursue a human services focus or a public and community health focus as a sociology major. 

Life After Fisher

There are a number of career options for which you will be well-suited after graduating with a bachelor's degree in sociology. These include law, criminal justice, human services, social work, business, politics, and many more, including:

  • Public health administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • Health and safety officer
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Attorney
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Social worker
  • School counselor
  • Human service administrator
  • Urban planner
  • Housing developer
  • Environmental designer
  • Public recreation and parks administrator
  • Natural resource planner
  • Teacher
  • Education administrator
  • Conservationist
  • Industrial relations analyst

 By studying the social sciences at Fisher, students acquire the tools necessary to appreciate the importance of understanding the context in which seemingly inexplicable acts and events happen in our world today. ”

Barb Rockell
  • Dr. Barb Rockell
  • Former Associate Professor, Sociology Department; Former Program Director, Criminology

 I truly believe I attained a strong sense of goodness, discipline, and knowledge in my three years at Fisher, and I left with a well-rounded education and a drive to change the world and promote social and environmental justice. ”

Erin Turpin
  • Erin Turpin '20
  • Rochester Youth Year AmeriCorps VISTA