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Sociology

Sociology examines social attitudes and behaviors. Saint Louis University's undergraduate program in sociology provides students with an exceptionally strong background in social science education by using theory and evidence to examine a range of social inequalities and institutions in society. 

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Sociology students at SLU can take advantage of the University’s connection with the community to gain practical fieldwork opportunities. You'll gain invaluable on-site experience at places such as the Metropolitan Employment and Rehabilitation Service, the Missouri Attorney General's Office and the St. Louis Crime Lab.


Major in Sociology

If you choose to major in sociology at SLU, you’ll examine topics ranging from family life to large-scale organizations, from crime to religion, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared belief of a common culture, and from poverty to prosperity.

Through teaching, research and service, you'll gain a critical understanding of the different ways people relate to one another through the organization of society and how structures and cultures influence our lives.

SLU’s sociology major requires 30 credit hours, 15 of which are required foundation courses. Students have the option to select a track from one of four areas: health and medicine; law, crime and deviance; immigration, urbanization and demography; and gender, sexuality and the body.  

Sociology is a popular double major at SLU and is often combined with a wide variety of other disciplines.

Curriculum
  • SOC 1100: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 2000: Research Methods Applied Methodology Course
  • SOC 3010: Quantitative Research Methods or SOC 3020: Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOC 3100: Sociological Theory
  • SOC 4940: Sociology Capstone
Internships and Careers

SLU’s sociology department has an active internship program that provides interested students with research and work experience in community organizations.

Recent graduates with a degree in sociology from SLU work as government consultants, data analysts and directors of business units. An undergraduate degree in sociology can also provide a foundation for graduate work in the fields of business, law, social policy, criminal investigation and medicine and health services. 

Faculty

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Saint Louis University is comprised of full-time faculty members who all hold the highest degrees in their field. Faculty members are eager to assist students as mentors and as academic and internship advisers.

Minor in Sociology

SLU’s sociology minor requires 21 credit hours — nine credit hours of required coursework and 12 hours of electives. The required courses are “SOC 1100: Introduction to Sociology,” “SOC 2000: Research Methods” and “SOC 3100: Contemporary Sociological Theory.”


Research Involvement

Five Active Research Labs

Sociology students may participate in any one of five different active research laboratories led by our award-winning faculty. These labs have multiple ongoing research projects, including urban ethnographic field studies, immigrant health, GeoSRI spatial mapping, drugs and society, and law and medicine studies.