Become an expert analyst of social interaction

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at St. Edward’s University prepares students to analyze and understand social situations and patterns of human interaction. You will strengthen your perceptive ability by looking at group dynamics and cultural institutions. Students take part in both academic coursework and experiential projects to learn more about situations, beliefs, policies, and practices in society. 

The program teaches students to approach human behavior from a scientific perspective. You'll become proficient in research skills and practice presenting professional-level work. 

Students complete their degree with a service-learning internship which involves active learning 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. 

As a BA in Sociology major, students:
  • Gain an understanding of the complex social world
  • Cultivate passion for improving the well-being of diverse communities
  • Examine the impact of race, social class and gender stratification on group behaviors such as treatment of the environment or how policies are created to improve housing, cities, and even eating patterns

Learning Goals

The Sociology program at St. Edward's University aims to:
  • Help students acquire the sociological perspective with its three central aspects: the link between private circumstances and public issues (i.e., the individual experience and larger social processes); the preeminence of social structures and their influence; and the value of empirical analysis
  • Contribute to students' liberal education, characterized by: literacy, numeracy, skills in abstract logical thinking, historical consciousness, understanding science and scientific inquiry, values and their relationship to a variety of life situations, and international and multicultural experience
  • Help students develop knowledge and analytical skills necessary for successful careers in community agencies, government, private employment, and not-for-profit organizations
  • Provide a foundation for graduate and professional education

Outcomes

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.

Our Sociology graduates have found rewarding careers in:
  • Youth services
  • Gerontology
  • Corrections
  • Public relations
  • Human resources
  • Journalism
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Politics

Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees to become specialists in public health, education, counseling, research, administration and law.

Teach for America

Teach for America is looking for highly motivated, organized leaders who are excited about impacting educational inequity.

Internships and Community Service in Sociology

Recent and current field placements include:
  • Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty
  • Texas Advocacy Project
  • Travis County Forensic Lab

Outside the Classroom

Internships

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.

Below is a list organizations where sociology majors have held service learning internships in the past:
  • Austin Partners in Education
  • Autism Society of Austin
  • BreakThrough
  • Caritas
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas
  • Crockett High School
  • C5 Youth Foundation of Texas
  • Girls Rock Camp! – Austin
  • Girlstart
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Posada Esperanza
  • Ridge Oak Living Community
  • Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Texas Victims Services Association
  • Trinity Center
  • Youth Advocacy

Research Opportunities

Below is a list of places where students may seek research opportunities:
  • Texas A & M University Summer Institute
  • University of Maryland Summer Research Initiative
  • University of Nebraska Summer Research Program
  • University of Michigan Summer Undergraduate Research
  • University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research
  • University of Delaware Summer Research Initiative
  • Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship (Summer)

About the Minor

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.

Students who minor in Sociology are required to take the following courses:
  • Self and Society
  • Social Theory
  • Topics in Sociology
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Two upper-division sociology courses