School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSS is the cornerstone of St. Mary's liberal arts and Marianist education. With more than 20 disciplines to choose from, this is the largest school on campus.
The mission of the Department of Sociology is to serve its students—majors, minors and others—by developing and teaching courses and by providing learning activities designed to fulfill the department’s Program Goals: 1) to cultivate students’ understandings of human groups, organizations, communities, society and culture; 2) to develop students’ analytical and critical-thinking skills; 3) to develop students’ methodological, research and statistical skills; 4) to deepen students’ understandings of the complexities and interdependencies of social life and of relationships; 5) to promote students’ international and cross-cultural awareness; 6) to augment students’ capacities for making informed ethical judgments and decisions; 7) to provide students with opportunities for one-site field learning experiences such as internships, volunteer community service projects, research activities, etc. and 8) to prepare students for successful personal careers as well as for productive, responsible lives which serve their communities and society.