Dr. Cohen's classSociology is the social science which studies human groups and society. It explores the multiple influences which groups exert in our personal lives: friendships, marriages, families, work units, businesses, schools, neighborhoods, organizations, communities, 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.

For detailed course descriptions and degree requirements, see the Undergraduate Catalog.


Anthropology Minor

Anthropology (Minor)

The Anthropology (Minor) 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.

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The faculty of the Sociology Department is highly regarded for their ability to combine comprehensive teaching and cutting edge research, both quantitative and qualitative. The faculty brings a wide range of knowledge and expertise to this program, which gives students an all-encompassing sociological perspective on society and other cultures.

Armando J. Abney, Ph.D.

Janet Armitage, Ph.D.

Jessica A. Cohen, Ph.D.

Grace Keyes, Ph.D.

St. Mary’s has several options you should consider now to achieve your goals.

The Pre-law Program provides students with relevant information and opportunities to enhance their chances for admission to the law school of your choice.

The Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program offers advantages to motivated, talented students who plan to attend law school and graduate in less time. This program is available to students in the following majors: Criminology, English, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Speech Communications.

The Guaranteed Law School Admission Program allows outstanding St. Mary’s graduates to receive guaranteed admission to the St. Mary’s School of Law if they meet certain conditions.

For more information about any of these law-related programs, contact Milo Colton, Ph.D., J.D. at 210-436-3519.

Next Steps

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Janet S. Armitage, Ph.D., Chair
Charles Francis Hall, Room 205

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