Department of Sociology

In the Department of Sociology, we look at the world through the lenses of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual identity, age, and class. We analyze individual social behaviors, such as family relationships, criminal activities, shopping and consumption patterns, and religious affiliation. We explore global social issues, such as the impact of multinational mass media, colonialization, war, and immigration patterns.


We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in sociology. In addition to a wide range of elective courses from which to choose, all sociology majors complete an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty mentor to develop the hands-on skills critical for success in the field. This project can be an original research study, theoretical analysis, or an applied project.


The faculty in the Department of Sociology is comprised of accomplished experts and scholars who match their passion for the study of sociology with a dedication to teaching and mentoring. Their areas of expertise include gender and masculinity in the media, race and ethnicity, education, and consumer culture.


You’ll find our sociology alumnae achieving great things all over the country, and as part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood, they serve as valuable professional connections. Our graduates have received advanced degrees from the University of California (Irvine) and the University of Toledo, and we currently have graduates pursuing their doctoral work at the University of Colorado (Boulder), the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and Georgia State University. With a degree in sociology, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, as well as a diverse range of careers including research involving human subjects in settings ranging from hospitals to multinational corporations, working with clients or as administrators in social service agencies, developing marketing strategies for non-profit organizations, and political organizing.