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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
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About the double major.

In the sociology / criminal justice double major, you’ll gain an understanding of how groups and individuals function and live together in society, and set yourself up to enter fields such as social services, government, community relations, the nonprofit sector, business or the military, and for careers as a federal law enforcement agent, criminologist, private detective, paralegal or a forensics analyst.

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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