University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Major in Sociology

The field of sociology studies virtually every aspect of human society: the family, gender, race and ethnic relations, aging, education, work, population, and many others. Its principle goal as a discipline is to understand the workings of human society and to explain social behavior. Although sociologists do study what are commonly regarded as social problems — crime, drug addiction, and poverty, for example — they also examine fundamental social processes present in any society: social change, conflict and inequality. Sociology is less concerned with finding practical solutions to social problems than with achieving a fundamental understanding of the social world.

Enrollment in the Major

Students can enroll in the major at anytime by meeting with an advisor.

Please go to our advising page to learn about our advising hours and appointments.


Department of Sociology • Thompson Hall • University of Massachusetts–Amherst, MA 01003