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  • B.A. in Sociology

    Immerse yourself in the study of people, culture and society
    Learn about the key social factors that influence groups and organizations and develop skills in research and data analysis.
    Degree:
    B.A.
    School:
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx & Yorktown Heights
    Credits:
    120

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Sociology B.A. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Sociology 33 Credits
Open Electives 27 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Sociology must complete:*

  • SOCL 226 Computers Soc/Behv Sciences
  • SOCL 255 Managing Human Conflict I
  • SOCL 249 Race, Culture & Ethnicity
  • SOCL 348 Methodology Soc/Beh Sciences
  • SOCL 370 Stats Socl/Behv Sciences
  • SOCL 426 Classics Socl/Beh Sciences

and

five major elective courses in Sociology numbered 200 and above selected under advisement.

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Sociology.

* SOCL 101 is a prerequisite for the major courses in Sociology and fulfills part of the General Education requirement.

Students may also participate in the CASAC-T Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Standardized 350-Hour Education and Training Program.

CASAC-T Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor

CASAC-T Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Standardized 350-Hour Education and Training Program Mercy College CASAC-T Program is an OASAS Certified Education Training Program. The courses have been approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), satisfying the educational requirements for state certification. With the competitive market for counselors and mental health providers, your CASAC-T Certification paves the way for both direct patient care and supervisory positions in the area of substance abuse and addiction. The intensive program at Mercy College will specifically prepare you for the five domains for CASAC preparation including assessment, counseling, case management, client, family and community education, and professional responsibility. Mercy College students receive the professional training and ethical knowledge base which will enable them to provide alcoholism and substance abuse counseling in one of the most progressive fields.

PSYN/BHSC/SOCL 262 Alcohol Drugs and Behavior CRJU 206 Deviation and Therapy BHSC/SOCL 202 Ethics and Family or BHSC/SOCL 366 Medical Ethics PSYN 232 Health Psychology BHSC/PSYN/SOCL 399 Internship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences PSYN 101 Introduction to Psychology PSYN/SOCL/BHSC 244 Social Psychology BHSC/SOCL 269 Strategies for Alcohol/Substance Abuse Providers

Each course represents 45.0 CASAC Clock Hours with the exception of Internship which must be taken as a 6 credit course and represents 90.0 CASAC Clock Hours.

Interested students may contact Deborah Day Aikens, Ph.D, LMSW, CASAC-G at (718) 931-0041 or daikens@mercy.edu.

What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1-800-MERCY NY to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Martin Kelly Senior Lecturer, Behavioral Sciences
Dorothy Cali Balancio Professor, Sociology
Mary Kraetzer Professor, Behavioral Sciences
Chelsea Kuo Assistant Professor, Sociology
Deborah Aikens Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences
Joseph Palermo Adjunct Faculty

Sociology Overview

If you’re interested in the study of people, culture, and society, a career in sociology might be right for you. In this fascinating program, you’ll study:

  • The basic structure of human society
  • Transmission of culture and regulation of behavior
  • Acquisition of the social self
  • Deviance
  • Stratification by class, race, ethnicity, sex, and age
  • Urbanization
  • Major social institutions
  • Population dynamics
  • Socio-cultural change

In addition to acquiring an in-depth understanding of the key social factors that affect groups and organizations, students will gain an understanding of basic research methods and develop critical reasoning skills.

Sociology FAQS

Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.

Sociology Fast Facts

  • Use basic research methods and develop critical reasoning skills
  • CASAC-T Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Standardized 350-Hour Education and Training Program eligibility

Career Opportunities

This major will prepare you for jobs in the public and private sectors, including law enforcement, social services, business, urban centers, government and health centers. For those interested in the clinical sociology specialization, professional roles include: mediator, counselor, group facilitator, mitigation expert, and organization consultant. An undergraduate degree in sociology also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of fields such areas as urban planning, crime and delinquency, minorities and ethnic studies, family counseling, anthropology, alcohol and substance abuse, social psychology, social work, medical sociology, women's studies, demography and gerontology.