Program Overview

Are you a people watcher? Does human social behavior fascinate you? UNE’s Bachelor of Arts in Sociology program focuses on the origins and evolution of human social interaction. Through hands-on learning opportunities, including fieldwork, research, and internships, you will learn about a range of social challenges; consider their cultural, global, and political implications; and find out how to be part of the solution. You’ll leave the program ready to pursue a career in social service or a graduate degree in sociology, social work, law, economics, environmental studies, public health, or many other disciplines.

Allie Symonds
I wouldn’t be on the track I am — on the career path I’m on — if I hadn’t gotten involved in undergraduate research.
Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies

Why UNE for Sociology

Because student engagement is a high priority, we offer research opportunities, guest speakers, fieldwork, and hands-on classroom experiences that get you excited about sociology. This focus on learning by doing not only makes for richer student experiences but gives you an edge when applying for employment or graduate study.

  • Emphasis on engaging fieldwork, internships, and capstone experience
  • Personalized academic support
  • Travel abroad opportunities
  • Strong job and graduate school placement rates

Meet Cam, a Sociology major with a passion for videography

He plans to use visual storytelling to engage the public and inspire action around important issues — like protecting our oceans and fisheries. Cam is one of the many UNE students who are gaining the skills and knowledge to make an impact and be of service.


A deep and nuanced understanding of human social behavior is an advantage in virtually every profession. While your degree in Sociology will position you to pursue advanced graduate study in a variety of fields -- from social work, counseling, and public health to criminology, law, and medicine -- there are many careers you may consider, including:

  • Lawyer
  • Public Relations/Advertising Specialist
  • Market Researcher
  • Journalist
  • ESL/ELL teacher
  • Mediator
  • Social Justice Advocate
  • Youth Services Administrator
  • U.S. Government Civil Servant

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.


of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

(per 2016-2020 graduate surveys)


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(Zippia, 2021)

Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


Examples of available courses

The following are examples of the exciting courses that the Sociology major offers:

  • Society in Latin America
  • Sociology of Food, Health, and Society
  • Societies of the Future Through Science Fiction Cinema
  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Law
  • A Just Society

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Honors program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or academic director for specific criteria and requirements.



Experiential Learning

The Sociology major’s focus on applied, hands-on learning gets you out in the community, elbow-to-elbow with a variety of professionals in real-world settings.

Senior capstone experience

You will choose a capstone experience to widen the scope of your expertise. We offer three options:

  • Study abroad with a focused concentration in your coursework
  • Complete an additional internship (This 360-hour experience often leads to a job offer after graduation)
  • Write a senior thesis (with the goal of publishing a professional article)


Our database of more than 900 internship sites allows you to gain valuable professional experience in a field you want to explore. Our graduates have interned with legal services organizations, international charities, downtown community organizations, public access television stations, and many other groups.

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office Society, Culture, and Language contact Sam McReynolds, Ph.D., Chair at (207) 602-2765 or

Global Education

See the world

How does culture affect human behavior? Find out firsthand by spending a semester abroad. We offer programs in Spain, France, Iceland, and Morocco. You may even choose to complete an international internship or go overseas for your capstone experience. Previous capstone studies have been conducted in Costa Rica, Guatemala, South Africa, and other fascinating countries.

Alternatively, you may choose from several shorter, faculty-led travel courses that will take you to places such as Cuba, Kenya, Italy, and Ireland.


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