At UMass Amherst, the study of sociology explores how human interaction shapes our society, and, in turn, how social institutions influence decision-making.

Sociology is a broad-ranging discipline that encompasses how individuals interact with social forces, social institutions like the family and workplaces, collective behavior and social movements, and world systems such as globalization.

By studying sociology at UMass Amherst, you'll engage in an applied curriculum that builds transferrable skills such as investigative research, critical thinking, problem-solving, and oral and written communication.

Our department is a research powerhouse, with students and faculty members regularly introducing research that changes the way we understand society and has real-world implications for creating societal change.

In our close-knit department, our advisors can help you every step of the way—from choosing the right classes to finding the ideal internship. And our unique peer-advisor program gives you direct advice and mentorship from fellow students who share your vision and understand your needs.