Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Expand your skills in critical thinking, writing, and analysis through an exploration of social problems and social change.
  • Train in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, which are highly marketable skills.
  • Enjoy close collaboration and engagement with faculty through seminar-style courses.
  • Choose to do fieldwork or internships that provide hands-on learning and allow you to tailor your course of study to your professional interests.
  • Present original research at the University’s annual Thinking Matters research symposium.
  • Use your degree to prepare for a career in social work, social research, criminal justice, community organizing, business, and education.
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Experiential learning options

Our program offers internship opportunities and encourages other off-campus learning experiences, including community-engaged and service learning, national and international exchanges, and international courses.

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Planning for Law or graduate school?

You could save time and money in earning your Law degree or MSW. We offer Accelerated Graduate Pathways to the University of Maine School of Law and to our Master of Social Work program.

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Career opportunities

Prepare for a career in social service or research, such as an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, substance abuse counselor, juvenile court worker, affirmative action worker, or urban planner. Our program will also prepare you for professional or graduate studies in fields such as Sociology, Social Work, or Law.

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Program requirements

Study the relationship between individual experience and broader social forces. Understand the role of social structures in the creation — and dismantling — of class, race, sexuality, and gender inequalities.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Accomplished faculty

Our faculty have national and international reputations as scholars and serve as community-based practitioners with extensive local networks. They prioritize hands-on collaboration with students through advising, internships, independent study, and more.

Honor society

Our Department of Sociology is affiliated with the international sociology honor society, Alpha Kappa Delta.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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Next steps

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