The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at St. Edward’s prepares students to interpret social phenomena and patterns of human interaction. Students hone their perceptive skills as they examine the dynamics within groups and cultural institutions such as work, family, sports and religion. Sociology is a valuable degree for many career paths with community and social service organizations that recognize the diversity and complexity of modern society.
Through coursework and hands-on projects, you’ll examine situations, beliefs, policies and practices in society — and learn to think like a scientist about the causes and consequences of human behavior. You’ll develop important research skills and have the chance to present professional-level work. And you’ll learn to apply your findings to impact positive social change.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
As a BA in Sociology major, you’ll gain an understanding of the complex social world and cultivate your passion to improve the well-being of diverse communities. You’ll examine the impact of race, social class and gender stratification on group behaviors such as how we treat the environment or shape policies to improve housing, cities, and even eating patterns.
You’ll study the development and interaction of people, groups and cultures and learn how these interactions influence many aspects of life — from health and work to communications and problem-solving.
With a BA in Sociology, graduates can step into a wide array of professions. Our sociology graduates have found rewarding careers in youth services, gerontology, corrections, public relations, human resources, journalism, nonprofit organizations and politics. Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees to become specialists in public health, education, counseling, research, administration and law.
Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions, research and internships — allows you to learn more about career options and the choice of doing graduate work.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. MAJOR CORE COURSES (24 CREDIT HOURS):
• Self and Society
• Social Welfare
• Social Statistics
• Topics in Sociology
• Social Theory
• Social Research
• Race, Class and Gender
• Integrative Sociology Senior Seminar
Choose 24 hours minimum of electives
V. SUPPORTING COURSES (9 CREDIT HOURS):
• Global Issues
• Social Psychology
VI. CAREER EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (9 CREDIT HOURS):
Choose electives from the major to prepare for a career in Sociology.
VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Our students have spearheaded research into such areas as social disparity in a nursing home, the presentation of gender in comic books, a sports intervention for troubled youth, societal changes in dating behaviors and the use of Capital Metro bus service.
Sociology majors work alongside faculty to build their confidence, research skills and expertise within a subspecialty area. Students present research and expand their knowledge at local, regional and national conferences such as these:
- American Sociological Association Annual Conference
- Sociologists for Women in Society Annual Conference
- Southwestern Sociological Association Annual Conference
- Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) at St. Edward’s University
- Western Social Science Association Annual Conference