The mission of the Sociology program is to give students a liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that focuses on developing students’ knowledge, skills, competencies and values. The Sociology program aims to provide a solid base in general sociology, which is the required knowledge for any administrative position dealing with interpersonal relations and management. The program also focuses on how sociological knowledge is useful when people need to make personal and social decisions, and it shows people how these decisions are part of cultural change, both planned and unplanned.
More specifically, the Sociology curriculum teaches students to think critically about the world around them, especially the dynamics of socialization, social organizations, social stratification, interaction in everyday life, the importance of societal conformity in ensuring social survival, and the processes behind enacting organizational and social change. The curriculum also fosters students’ writing and verbal communication skills relative to the field of sociology. To accomplish this, the department faculty continue to keep abreast of the most recent research and technologies in our field, we continue to foster community relations with provide our students with internships, and we help our faculty serve the local areas with their various skills. The department faculty also increasingly uses technology in our teaching to prepare students for the technological focus of the field. This major serves as an excellent foundation for many graduate programs, such as marketing, management, human services, counseling, law school and medical school.