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University of Massachusetts Boston Department of Sociology

Sociology Department

Sociology is the study of how individuals and groups of people function within social contexts. Sociologists focus on individuals at all stages of life, on all types of groups, and on diverse social contexts. The study of Sociology will improve your understanding of social phenomena such as crime, homelessness, immigration, child abuse, mental illness, legal processes, job satisfaction, and more.


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Why UMass Boston?

Bob Chen speaks with his colleagues as three sensor buoys are readied for the spring.

Bob Chen

Professor of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences; BA Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University; PhD Marine Chemistry, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego

“They call me an urban oceanographer because I study the ocean water right off Morrissey Boulevard.”

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