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Students in the sociology program at Mount St. Mary's University.

Sociology

Sociology

Whether it’s discussing career aspirations with high school students, crafting legislation to help community development, or giving children a safe place for after school activities, having a degree in sociology can provide the tools necessary to connect people and improve our world.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree in sociology is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely–exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

A degree in sociology from the Mount will prepare you to pursue careers in social work, human services, teaching, human resources, marketing, public policy, law or government.

The program will cover areas such as the analysis of culture, social structure, socialization, institutions, social inequality and social change, as well as the elements of social scientific thinking. You’ll also learn how social problems, such as inequality, racism, crime and sexism are socially constructed, along with ways to work toward solutions.

The program studies social theory and its relation to sociological research, as well as how to use statistical techniques and data analysis in your research skill set. The major concludes with a capstone senior seminar where you’ll use key writings in sociology and criminal justice to develop a paper that synthesizes theory, research and applications, along with your own personal experiences.

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to pursue a career as a counselor for a school district, work as a human resource professional at many different organizations, or even help improve communities through analyzing how legislation impacts various segments of the population.

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Larenz Bonner Mount St. Mary's Class of 2016

I’ve been able to have open and in-depth discussions with people from different cultural and ideological backgrounds at the Mount. These encounters have opened me up to different perspectives and have helped me become a more well-rounded person.

Larenz Bonner, C'16 Research analyst, FCI Federal

Where sociology majors go.

Mount graduates with a degree in sociology have been hired by companies such as:

  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Knouse Foods
  • St. Thomas More Cathedral School
  • FCI Federal
  • KeyPoint Government Solutions

And are pursuing graduate degrees at institutions such as:

  • Catholic University of America
  • University of Delaware
No. 1 Ranked as the top college for employment in Maryland for 2018-19

About the minor.

A sociology minor from the Mount can pair with many different majors. Combine with a psychology major to pursue a career as an organizational psychologist, a data science major to become a consumer researcher, or a political science major to work in public policy.

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About the double major.

The criminal justice and sociology double major will cover areas of the justice and corrections system in the United States, allowing you to examine legal principles through studying cases and elements of crime. You’ll learn to apply an understanding of social theory, sociological research and statistical techniques to better to address social processes, social inequality and social change in today’s world. Concluding with a capstone senior seminar, you’ll synthesize writings and research in criminal justice and sociology to develop your own perspective about modern issues.

The double major will prepare you for work in the fields of law enforcement, criminology, government, community relations, social services, research and law. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to pursue a career as a counselor helping underprivileged children create a better life or work as human rights officer or case manager. You could also become a corrections officer or parole officer, or work at the FBI as an interrogator, criminal investigator, or a special agent as you make the world a safer place. You can also pursue graduate school.

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