Sociology | Mount St. Joseph University
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Sociology majors combine the research and applied foundations of sociology.

Sociology is the scientific study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists study a broad array of topics including the family, childhood, education, crime, race, gender, social class, political economy and religion. Sociology majors develop the skills to conduct research and analysis, communicate skillfully, practice critical thinking gain a global and multicultural perspective and develop social and civic responsibility. This major offers a range of research techniques that apply to virtually any aspect of society.

The Sociology major offers two distinct tracks—a Social Dynamics Track and a Family Dynamics Track.

Featured Courses:

  • Our Social World
  • Race, Class, and Gender
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Childhood and Society
  • Globalization
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Research

Career Potential:

The Social Dynamics and Family Dynamics tracks can be applied toward understanding many issues. Whether as a paid employee, a volunteer or a citizen activist, the sociological perspective is valued in:

  • Business
  • Health
  • Social service
  • Criminal justice
  • Law
  • Media
  • Education
  • Government

Many of our students attain post-graduate employment through their undergraduate connections and field experiences.

Social Dynamics Track:

The Social Dynamics option offers students a traditional approach to sociology.

This track incorporates the study of multiple components of social life, from micro-level social identity to macro-level global dynamics. You'll examine social life, social diversity and inequality, social behavior in families and communities, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior in various cultural contexts.

Family Dynamics Track:

The family dynamics option offers core sociological concepts with a specialized focus on contemporary family dynamics in the United States. This track explores recent transformations in family life including trends in parenting, marriage and divorce, and work-family balance.

Hands-On Experience:

Service learning, co-op positions and internships offer students opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-life situations. We partner with a range of community partners to connect our students with potential employers and relevant learning experiences. Many of our students attain post-graduate employment through their undergraduate connections and field experiences.

Alumni Profile:

Recognized as Sociology Student of the Year, Michelle, graduated from the Mount in 2008. She went on to earn an M.B.A. and currently works as a human resources generalist. Michelle handles all employee relations and manages employee benefits, recruitment, and training. She says her degree in sociology and her M.B.A. are wonderful complements for her position in human resources. 

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent sociology program news and events; visit the department of sociology and social work page. 

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