Sociology Minor

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Overview

With a minor in Sociology, you’ll build a framework for understanding complex societal issues, with a valuable foundation for many community-oriented careers, including human services, teaching, law and politics.

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Fast Facts

  • Sociology offers practical skills needed to succeed in a diverse, global society.
  • According to the American Sociological Association, over half of recent sociology graduates are employed in social services, administrative support, management, or education.
  • The Bloomfield College criminal justice program has a strong working relationship with criminal justice agencies throughout the region. As a student, you’ll be encouraged to get hands-on experience in the field by spending a semester as an intern at one of these agencies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to conduct your own research on a sociological topic.
  • Sociology faculty have authored books on their sociological studies.

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A community service manager: Median pay $64,680 per year. Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage staff who provide social services to the public.

A social worker: Median pay $46,890 per year. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues.

A police officer: Median pay $61,600 per year. Police officers protect lives and property.

A correctional officer: Median pay $42,820 per year. Correctional officers are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or prison.

Nonprofit director: Median pay $64,086 per year. Nonprofit directors are equivalent to a CEO for a nonprofit organization. They are responsible for strategy, daily operations of the organization and working closely with the board of directors.

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Contact Information

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Dr. Esmail Bagheri-Najmi
Division Chair, Professor
Year Joined: 1995
  • B.A. M.A. Ph.D.
    University of Wisconsin
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1645
Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 206
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Subject(s): Sociology
Natascia Boeri
Dr. Natascia Boeri
Assistant Professor
Year Joined: 2017
  • B.A.
    Warren Wilson College;
  • M.A.
    Queens College, City University of New York;
  • Ph.D.
    The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1778
Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 306
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Natascia Boeri

Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York
B.A., Warren Wilson College

Courses taught: 

Social Problems & Public Solutions
Theory and Practices in Human Services
Methods of Social Science Research
Senior Capstones (Senior Seminar, Fall Internship)
Special Topics (Gender & Social Policy, Women & Leadership)

Dr. Boeri is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and specializes in gender, work, and international development. Her research on informal workers in India was funded by the National Science Foundation, and she was a 2015-2016 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow. She is an active member of the Sociologists for Women in Society and has represented SWS as a delegate to the United Nations numerous times. Dr. Boeri’s teaching style emphasizes experiential learning, and her aim is for students to use knowledge to nurture change in themselves and their community. Her publications can be found on Google Scholar.

Subject(s): Sociology
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Dr. Claudia Kowalchyk
Associate Professor, Interim Coordinator of Sociology
Year Joined: 1994
  • B.S. M.A. M.Phil. Ph.D.
    New York University
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1287
Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 303
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Ph.D. New York University

Courses taught:

  • Deviance & Social Control,
  • Criminal Justice & Race
  • Prison Industrial Complex
  • Sociology Spring Internship

 

Interests:

  • Social justice activism
Subject(s): Sociology
Vânia Penha-Lopes
Dr. Vania Penha-Lopes
Professor
Year Joined: 1998
  • B.A.
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
  • M.A. M.Phil. Ph.D.
    New York University
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1540
Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 304
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Vânia Penha-Lopes

Vânia Penha-Lopes is Professor of Sociology at Bloomfield College. She is also co-chair of the Brazil Seminar at Columbia University (2008-present) and was a member of the executive committee of the Brazilian Studies Association-BRASA (2010-14). A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Penha-Lopes graduated with honors from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (1982). She is also a graduate of New York University, with a Master’s degree in Anthropology (1987) and a Ph.D. in Sociology (1999). As a post-doctoral fellow at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (2006-07), she did research on the first graduating class of Brazilian university quota students. She has received a number of awards, including the Carter G. Woodson Institute Predoctoral Fellowship in Afro-American and African Studies, from the University of Virginia (1996-98), and the Scholarship for Study Abroad from the Encyclopaedia Britannica do Brasil (1982), of which she was the youngest recipient. Dr. Penha-Lopes has lectured extensively on comparative race relations, African American fatherhood, and racism in Brazil and has been interviewed for articles in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, O Estado de São Paulo, and The Washington Post. Her work has been cited in a number of books on race relations, in textbooks, and in peer-reviewed articles. In addition to a number of articles, Dr. Penha-Lopes is the author of Confronting Affirmative Action: University Quota Students and the Quest for Racial Justice (2017), Pioneiros: Cotistas na Universidade Brasileira (2013), and co-editor of Religiosidade e Performance: Diálogos Contemporâneos (2015).

Subject(s): Sociology
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Samuel Coe
Adjunct Lecturer
Year Joined: 2020
  • B.S.,
    Cornell University;
  • J.D.,
    Brooklyn Law School
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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Subject(s): Sociology
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Dr. Virginia Cornue
Adjunct Lecturer
Year Joined: 2012
  • B.F.A.,
    University of North Carolina;
  • M.A.,
    New School for Social Research;
  • Ph.D.,
    Rutgers University
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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Subject(s): Sociology
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Scott Zanger
Adjunct Lecturer
Year Joined: 1998
  • B.A.,
    Roanoke College;
  • M.Div., D.Min.,
    Lutheran Theological Seminary
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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Subject(s): Sociology
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Dr. Erica Polakoff
Professor Emerita
  • B.S., Ph.D.,
    Cornell University
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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Subject(s): Sociology

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