Sociology majors combine the research and applied foundations of sociology.


Sociology is the scientific study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists study a broad array of topics including the family, childhood, education, crime, race, gender, social class, political economy and religion. Sociology majors develop the skills to conduct research and analysis, communicate skillfully, practice critical thinking gain a global and multicultural perspective and develop social and civic responsibility. This major offers a range of research techniques that apply to virtually any aspect of society.


The Sociology major offers two options - a sociology major and a sociology major with a family dynamics concentration.


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Featured Courses:

  • Race, Class, and Gender
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Childhood and Society
  • Sociology of Sports
  • Sociology of Technology
  • Sociology for the Family
  • Social Research

Career Potential:

The Sociology Major can be applied toward understanding many issues. Whether as a paid employee, a volunteer or a citizen activist, the sociological perspective is valued in:

  • Business
  • Health
  • Social service
  • Criminal justice
  • Law
  • Media
  • Education
  • Government

 Students majoring in Sociology often pursue professional careers as:

  • Counselors
  • Managers
  • Program developers
  • Sales marketing consultants
  • Social science researchers.

Many of our students attain post-graduate employment through their undergraduate connections and field experiences.


Sociology Major:

The Sociology Major option offers students a traditional approach to sociology.


This major incorporates the study of multiple components of social life, from micro-level social identity to macro-level global dynamics. You'll examine social life, social diversity and inequality, social behavior in families and communities, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior in various cultural contexts.


Family Dynamics Concentration:

The family dynamics concentration option offers core sociological concepts with a specialized focus on contemporary family dynamics in the United States. This major with concentration explores recent transformations in family life including trends in parenting, marriage and divorce, and work-family balance.


Hands-On Experience:

Service learning, co-op positions and internships offer students opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-life situations. We partner with a range of community partners to connect our students with potential employers and relevant learning experiences. Many of our students attain post-graduate employment through their undergraduate connections and field experiences.


Alumni Profile:

Recognized as Sociology Student of the Year, Michelle, graduated from the Mount in 2008. She went on to earn an M.B.A. and currently works as a human resources generalist. Michelle handles all employee relations and manages employee benefits, recruitment, and training. She says her degree in sociology and her M.B.A. are wonderful complements for her position in human resources. 


News and Updates

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Additional Resources

  Faculty and Staff

Richard Haubner
Professor Emeritus

Richard Simon
Assistant Professor

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Department Page

Department of Sociology & Social Work

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