Understand How Social Forces Shape Society

Explore sociological perspectives to enhance your understanding of how social organizations function, how cultural diversity can be a strength of a society and how power operates in organizations and social interaction.

Admission Requirements

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How to apply

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Sociology Spells Success

Rider’s training in sociology provides an excellent background and skills for a wide range of careers. Graduates pursue careers in business, counseling, education, government, policy advocacy, public health, media, social services and more. Students also possess a strong foundation to pursue further education to obtain degrees in law, urban planning or social work.

So where can Rider’s B.A. in Sociology take you? Here’s where our alumni are employed or furthering their education:

  • Eden Autism
  • Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
  • Safe & Sound
  • Stellar Academy
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Explore And Expand Your Interests

Our curriculum offers students a pathway to engage in a diverse range of hands-on, applied and experiential learning opportunities that allow them to learn more about the study of sociology and narrow down their specialty area.

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Major Requirements

The sociology major blends theory with applied learning and features foundational coursework in sociology and anthropology, a sequence of skills courses and a variety of substantive courses on specific topics.

Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for sociology?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.

How to Apply

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Sociology (B.A.)

Victor Thompson

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Fine Arts Building

vthompson [at] rider.edu


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