The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at St. Edward’s University prepares students to analyze and understand the causes and consequences of human beliefs and behavior. You will study a wide range of subjects that cover every aspect of social life, such as:
Interpersonal relationships shaped by romance, family bonds, conflict, or prejudice
Individual and group identities related to age, sex, gender, class, and race
Societal institutions, including politics, family, religion, education, and sport
Community and national patterns of crime, poverty and wealth, and migration
The behavior of groups and organizations that maintain the status quo, as well as those that upend and reshape society
Students take part in both academic coursework and experiential projects to learn more about the events, beliefs, policies, and practices in society and in doing so, strengthen their critical thinking, communication, and investigative skills.
The program teaches students to approach human behavior from a scientific perspective. You'll become proficient in research skills and presenting professional-level work.
Students complete their degree with a service-learning internship which involves active learning and application of their sociological skills in the classroom and the community. You will have the opportunity to invest in creating positive and meaningful change through the pursuit of social justice as you gain a broad understanding of the discipline. Special emphasis is placed on sociological perspective, social theory, social research methods, statistical analysis, and application.
Ultimately, students develop the ability to explain the important influence of culture, social structure, and social processes on human behavior. They acquire an understanding of the causes and consequences of social inequalities and build awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity throughout the world.
With a BA in Sociology, graduates can step into a wide array of professions.
Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees to become specialists in academia, public policy, education, counseling, research, publich health, administration and law.
Every Sociology senior will complete an internship during their enrollment in the Integrative Sociology Seminar. These internships provide valuable opportunities for Sociology majors to apply their skills and knowledge, receive professional socialization, expand their networks, and explore career opportunities for after graduation.
Students who are interested in learning more about the science of human interaction or who will benefit from the expanded perspective in their chosen career should consider pursuing a minor in Sociology. The Sociology minor requires 18 hours of coursework.