Likewise, Sociology explores the many social and cultural forces which operate throughout society-forces which form individual persons, shape their attitudes and behaviors, and determine social events. While describing what is, while explaining how and why it is, and while predicting what will probably occur, Sociology offers countless applied and practical ways to change and to improve human life and society.
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Sociology is the social science which studies human groups and society. It explores multiple influences which groups exert in our personal lives: friendships, marriages, families, work units, businesses, schools, neighborhoods, organizations, com-munities, churches, clubs, etc. In addition, Sociology analyzes how and why groups form, hold together, and sometimes break up. It seeks an accurate and scientific understanding of society and of social life. Likewise, Sociology explores the many social and cultural forces which operate throughout society -- forces which form individual persons, shape their attitudes and behaviors, and determine social events. While describing what is, while explaining how and why it is and while predicting what will probably occur, Sociology offers countless applied and practical ways to change and to improve human life and society.
Anthropology is a minor available to students from any major.
The Sociology Department offers three broad career optionss/concentrations which interest most of its majors.
The Anthropology concentration offers a holistic, cross-cultural study of humans and is of particular interest to students considering a career in anthropology or archaeology, like cultural resource management, museum studies, social science research, social land public policy, planning, and government administration. 18 hours are required.
Social Research Direction/Concentration
If you are considering a career which requires the kinds of social research and data analysis skills increasingly demanded in our "information society," (social science research, market research, social and public policy, planning, government administration, etc.), then we recommend that you select this concentration.
Social Service Direction/Concentration
This course of study emphasizes contemporary social problems and proposed solutions. This is appropriate if you are considering a career in the social service and helping professions (social work, human relations, counseling, probation, parole, law enforcement, administration, management, sales, etc.).
Armando J. Abney, Ph.D.Associate Professor
Chair, Criminal Justice & Criminology
Office: Charles Francis 210
Phone: (210) 436-3011, Ext. 1245
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M.A., Sam Houston State University, 1977
B.A., Sam Houston State University, 1976
Areas of special interest include: criminology, juvenile delinquency, race and ethnic relations, and research methods. Abney serves as a research consultant for numerous public and private agencies, and organizations.
Janet Armitage, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Sociology
Chair, Department of Sociology
Office: Charles Francis 205
Phone: (210) 436-3011, ext. 1279
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M.S., Illinois State University, 1995
B.A., Marquette University, 1992
Joseph J. A. Campbell, Ph.D.Adjunct Lecturer
Office: Charles Francis Hall 208
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M.S., Statistics, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2008
B.S., Mathematics, University of Texas, 2005
Teaches Introductory Statistics for the Department of Sociology.
Jessica A. Cohen, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: Charles Francis Hall 202
Phone: (210) 436-3011, ext. 4400
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M.A., Bowling Green State University, 2007
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2005
Dr. Cohen's main areas of interest include family formation and union dissolution, specifically cohabitation, marriage, childbearing and divorce. She studies the role of cohabitation in the contemporary courtship process with an emphasis on the incidence, predictors and outcomes of cohabitation at different stages of the life course.
Jacqueline Dansby, Ph.D.Adjunct Professor
Director, Upward Bound Program
Office: Treadaway Hall 0
Phone: (210) 436-3206
Margaret GrecoAdjunct Lecturer
Office: Charles Francis Hall 208
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M.F.A., University of Texas at San Antonio, 1981
B.F.A., University of Texas at San Antonio, 1979
Prof. Greco teaches courses in Anthropology.
Bro. Brian C. Halderman, S.M., L.M.S.W.Adjunct Lecturer
Office: Charles Francis Hall 216
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B.A., University of Dayton, 1999
Interests in social service program development and management; interventions with high-risk adolescents from urban settings; poverty reduction strategies for developing countries and mutually beneficial university-community engagement initiatives. Skills and knowledge in working with vulnerable populations including racial and ethnic minorities, lesbian and gay persons. Proficiency in Spanish.
Annie L. HubbardLecturer
Office: Charles Francis 206
Phone: (210) 431-4299
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B.A., Grambling State University, 1981
Her areas of special interest include family, social stratification, and minorities. Hubbard is currently conducting research titled, "Inequalities in Public School Education," and is developing a study guide for social issues.
Grace Keyes, Ph.D.Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Office: Charles Francis 203
Phone: (210) 431-2280
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M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1978
B.A., Wright State University, 1971
Her areas of special interest include cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, human evolution and American Indian and Hispanic populations. Keyes has conducted research in Guatemala and in San Antonio where she did a comparative study of Mexican-American and Anglo lay midwifery. She is currently researching the social and cultural dimensions of hearing loss.
Daniel J. Rigney, Ph.D.Professor Emeritus
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M.A., University of Texas, 1973
BA., University of Texas, 1971
Rigney retired at the conclusion of the Spring 2010 Semester after twenty-nine years of service at St. Mary's University. During his time at St. Mary's, he directed the Honors Program for twenty-three years, taught in the Department of Sociology, served on more than thirty major committees and task forces, and served four years as Assistant to the President for Planning and Institutional Research.
His book, The Matthew Effect: How Advantage Begets Further Advantage was published by Colombia University Press in the spring of 2010.