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Sociology at St. Mary’s

Sociology at St. Mary’s University inspires students to be lifelong learners as they explore social and cultural factors that shape their lives and the lives of others. Students study a range of diverse phenomena — from small group interactions to families and religion, inequalities to race relations, and public health to population change — to better understand the links between individual experiences and the larger society. 

Sociology majors develop abilities to ask critical questions, examine problems, and gather and analyze data using both qualitative research methods and statistical tools. Strong analytical skills and enhanced cultural awareness prepare our graduates for community engagement, leadership and a variety of post-baccalaureate careers. 

  • Degree Plans

    Students can pursue a 120-credit-hour bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with 36 credit hours within the major:

    St. Mary’s also offers an 18-credit-hour Sociology minor:

  • Courses

    Course areas include:

    • Aging 
    • Future societies 
    • Population and society 
    • Race and ethnic relations 
    • Religion 
    • Sex and gender roles 
    • Social issues 
    • Statistics 

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What can I do with a degree in Sociology?

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have found rewarding careers in social services, nonprofit organizations and corporations, and have advanced to graduate programs in sociology, law, public health, social work and international affairs.  Students have also gone into post-graduate service including Teach for America, AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. 

Potential careers for Sociology majors include: 

  • Healthcare resource professional 
  • Social service advocate 
  • Data analyst 
  • Market researcher 
  • Policy analyst 
  • Urban development specialist 
  • Community health worker  

Graduate or Professional School

Talk to faculty about career and graduate school options. We will review programs for tailored interests, financial options, and current opportunities with accelerated degree programs affiliated with St. Mary’s and our partner universities. One of the most important things a student can do to prepare for a career and/or graduate school is to participate in faculty-mentored research and get applied experience with an internship, study abroad or volunteerism.

Outside the Classroom

Experiential Opportunities and Internships

Sociology majors often integrate their studies with minor concentrations and study abroad options. Students also pursue independent original research, collaborate on faculty research, and participate in leadership programs, honor societies and community engagement. 

To advance their sociological knowledge further, juniors and seniors may participate in an internship course to directly experience and study a particular social phenomenon in San Antonio and surrounding areas. 

  • Students have completed internships at: 
  • Communities in Schools 
  • City Year 
  • Family Services Association 
  • San Antonio AIDS Foundation 
  • Texas Department of Child Protective Services 


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