Sociology

 Have you always wondered why people behave the way they do? As a sociology major at Saint Mary’s, you will look at the world through the lenses of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual identity, age, and class.

You will analyze individual social behaviors, such as family relationships, criminal activities, shopping and consumption patterns, and religious affiliation. And, you’ll explore global social issues, such as the impact of multinational mass media, colonialization, war, and immigration patterns. As a sociology major, you will gain a new sense of yourself and the world around you.

"I love teaching at Saint Mary’s because I like to see young women develop their intellectual skills and to help them understand that they can change the world. That’s a very positive thing you don’t get at a large state university." —Susan Alexander, professor

Teacher Preparation
The Sociology Department in conjunction with the Education Department offers courses leading to state licensing for History/Social Studies.

Writing in the Major
To fulfill the College’s advanced writing proficiency requirement, each student completing the senior seminar course submits her written senior comprehensive project for evaluation.

Senior Comprehensive Examination
To fulfill the College’s advanced writing proficiency requirement, each student completing the senior seminar course submits her written senior comprehensive project for evaluation.

Careers
With the understanding of human behavior and sociological factors such as socio-economic class, gender, race, ethnicity, and religion, a major in Sociology prepares you for a career in almost any discipline, from graduate study to law to business.