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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Join the conversation. Sociology at the University of St. Thomas engages in critical conversations about society’s constructions of power and privilege, providing you with the analytical and reflective foundations needed to pursue exciting careers.

Why Study Sociology at St. Thomas?

We study human society and social behavior, exploring issues such as childhood socialization, family dynamics, social class, inequality, gender, race and more. You learn to utilize critical thinking skills to develop solutions to important problems, improving the environment around you. Many of our students pursue graduate school, but also work in fields such as counseling, marketing, information technology and more.

21st Century Skills

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Outside of the Classroom
  • Scholarships
  • Course Requirements

    You start by gaining a foundational understanding of the sociology discipline, gaining important skills in research, theory and analysis along the way. From there, you explore social structure and address concepts like social inequality and how one views themselves in relation to the rest of society. You receive a comprehensive learning experience, establishing strong relationships with your professors and fellow students throughout your time at St. Thomas.

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend connecting with a faculty member to plan your career at St. Thomas so you can ensure you complete courses matching your interests and graduation requirements.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
    • Minor in Sociology

    Outside of the Classroom

    Our students regularly participate in internships throughout the year. We support students in locating these opportunities with our annual Career Expo, which brings a variety of community partners to campus to speak with students about opportunities with their organizations. In addition, we offer service-learning opportunities in our courses that allow students to learn about and work to address complex social issues, such as family homelessness and domestic violence.

    Scholarships

    The Gessner family set up the Gessner Scholarship to honor a member of the department faculty from 1985 to 1991. Students must be a St. Thomas student with a declared major or minor in sociology or criminal justice and have completed two courses in either sociology or criminal justice. To apply for the scholarship, students submit a one-page essay on how sociology will be useful for them later in life.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    You start by gaining a foundational understanding of the sociology discipline, gaining important skills in research, theory and analysis along the way. From there, you explore social structure and address concepts like social inequality and how one views themselves in relation to the rest of society. You receive a comprehensive learning experience, establishing strong relationships with your professors and fellow students throughout your time at St. Thomas.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend connecting with a faculty member to plan your career at St. Thomas so you can ensure you complete courses matching your interests and graduation requirements.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
    • Minor in Sociology

    Outside of the Classroom

    Outside of the Classroom

    Our students regularly participate in internships throughout the year. We support students in locating these opportunities with our annual Career Expo, which brings a variety of community partners to campus to speak with students about opportunities with their organizations. In addition, we offer service-learning opportunities in our courses that allow students to learn about and work to address complex social issues, such as family homelessness and domestic violence.

    Scholarships

    Scholarships

    The Gessner family set up the Gessner Scholarship to honor a member of the department faculty from 1985 to 1991. Students must be a St. Thomas student with a declared major or minor in sociology or criminal justice and have completed two courses in either sociology or criminal justice. To apply for the scholarship, students submit a one-page essay on how sociology will be useful for them later in life.
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    Career Paths

    There are a number of career paths available to you after graduating from St. Thomas.

    • Counseling
    • Marketing
    • Healthcare
    • Public relations
    • Social services
    • Information technology

    Oh, the Places You Will Go

    You will have the opportunity to expand your horizons and gain valuable skills throughout your time at St. Thomas.

    Study Abroad

    Sociology students have studied abroad in Italy and Ghana, and opportunities now include trips to Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.

    Well-Prepared

    Sociology graduates are ready for their careers because of the skills and methods they learn throughout their college careers.

    Get Involved

    We believe it is important to connect with our community partners, your fellow students and the distinguished faculty in our program.
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    Join the Conversation

    Sociology students at St. Thomas explore multiple issues throughout their undergraduate careers. By utilizing their critical thinking, problem solving and research skills, they become flexible professionals and compassionate citizens prepared for the next chapter after graduation.