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.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Sociology majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in sociology complete core courses, which include Self and Society; Social Statistics; Social Policy; Social Theory; Social Research; and Race, Class and Gender.
BA in Sociology majors complete supporting courses, which include Global Issues, Social Psychology and Criminology. Students also select 15 hours of behavioral and social sciences courses with a specific career emphasis.
SERVICE LEARNING COURSES
Sociology majors go beyond the classroom with 50 hours of service learning in a community organization or local agency. Students apply sociological concepts to their work and report on their service learning experience as part of the Community Service in Sociology course.
The culmination of the sociology coursework is the Integrative Sociology Seminar. This Senior Seminar combines experiential learning in a field setting with the student’s academic interests, career objectives and understanding of social justice. Students integrate and expand their knowledge of sociology and complete an empirical research project in a social service internship.
Our students have gained valuable on-the-job experience in organizations such as these:
- Center for Education Policy and Effective Justice
- Chase Bank
- Discover Hope Fund
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
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