Sociologists and social scientists observe and explain human behavior in the context of social groups.
The Sociology Department at Saint Mary’s offers students exceptional potential for growth as social scientists through more required methods courses than the average undergrad sociology program; training in ethnography, intensive interviewing, computer analysis, and quantitative research; and the ability to choose your own research topics based on interests.
Majors and Minors
In addition to your classroom experience, the Sociology Department offers opportunities to participate in research that ties to your career goals, and a variety of study-abroad experiences provide the opportunity to develop a global sociological perspective.
Goals for a Sociology Major
- Develop what C. Wright Mills called a “sociological imagination”
- Be able to differentiate and apply the three dominant sociological paradigms
- Be able to examine social reality from a scientific perspective