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

If you major in sociology, you are required to take all of the following courses. Sociology minors are required to take courses marked with an asterisk.

  • SOC 1100: Introduction to Sociology*
  • SOC 2000: Research Methods*
  • SOC 3010: Quantitative Research Methods or SOC 3020: Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOC 3100: Sociological Theory*
  • SOC 4940: Sociology Capstone

As a sociology major, you will choose five of the following courses:

  • SOC 1180: World Geography
  • SOC 1190: Cultural Geography
  • SOC 1200: Introduction to Anthropology
  • SOC 1500: The Urban Community
  • SOC 2110: Sociology of Sports
  • SOC 2180: Cities and Space
  • SOC 2200: Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 2220: Peace and Conflict Studies
  • SOC 2360: Diversity and Health Disparities
  • SOC 2480: Drugs and Society
  • SOC 2490: Sociology of Medicine
  • SOC 2500: Social Ecology
  • SOC 3180: Immigration
  • SOC 3220: Urban Sociology
  • SOC 3230: Gender and Society
  • SOC 3240: Anthropology of Sex and Gender
  • SOC 3260: Peace and Conflict
  • SOC 3270: Environmental Anthropology
  • SOC 3350: Social Movements
  • SOC 3360: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 3380: Power in U.S. Society
  • SOC 3430: Marriage and Family
  • SOC 3480: Sociology of Emotions
  • SOC 3490: Sociology of Mental Health
  • SOC 3500: Social Inequality
  • SOC 3525: Elite and White Collar Deviance
  • SOC 3510: The Structure of Poverty
  • SOC 3575: Sociological Theories of Crime
  • SOC 3580: Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 3590: Law and Society
  • SOC 3840: African American Religious Traditions
  • SOC 4050: Feminist Movements
  • SOC 4080: Poverty and Unemployment
  • SOC 4180: Citizenship
  • SOC 4200: Cities, Suburbs, and Neighborhoods
  • SOC 4540: Environmental Impact of the City
  • SOC 4530: Urban Ethnography
  • SOC 4640: Demography
  • SOC 4630: Sociology of Religion
  • SOC 4800: Research Activity
  • SOC 4980: Independent Study

Sociology minors will also need to choose four of the following courses:

  • SOC 1180: World Geography
  • SOC 1500: The Urban Community
  • SOC 2100: Classical Social Theory
  • SOC 2110: Sociology of Sports
  • SOC 2200: Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 2220: Peace and Conflict Studies
  • SOC 2230: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Human Sexuality
  • SOC 2300: American Pop Culture
  • SOC 2500: Social Ecology
  • SOC 3180: Immigration
  • SOC 3210: Demography: Population Characteristics and Trends
  • SOC 3220: Urban Sociology
  • SOC 3230: Gender and Society
  • SOC 3290: Environmental Anthropology
  • SOC 3300: Social Psychology
  • SOC 3350: Social Movements
  • SOC 3360: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 3380: Political Sociology
  • SOC 3420: Organizations: Theory and Practice
  • SOC 3430: Marriage and Family
  • SOC 3490: Sociology of Medicine
  • SOC 3500: Social Inequality
  • SOC 3510: The Structure of Poverty: Globally and Locally
  • SOC 3590: Law and Society
  • SOC 3610: Sociology of International Relations
  • SOC 3930: Special Topics in Sociology
  • SOC 3940: African American Religious Traditions
  • SOC 4000: Sociology Practicum (Requires permission of instructor and department chair)
  • SOC 4050: Feminist Movements
  • SOC 4080: Urban Issues: Poverty and Unemployment
  • SOC 4630: Sociology of Religion
  • SOC 4980: Independent Study (Requires permission of instructor and department chair)


Students who choose the law, crime and deviance concentration will choose four of the following courses, in addition to the major requirements:

  • SOC 2480: Drugs and Society
  • SOC 2XXX: Sociology of Fear
  • SOC 2930: Violence in America
  • SOC 3330: Corporate and Elite Deviance
  • SOC 3580: Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • SOC 3590: Law and Society
  • SOC 4680: Forensic GIS
  • SOC 4930: Health, Law and Professional Power

Students who choose the gender studies concentration will choose four of the following courses, in addition to the major requirements:

  • SOC 2110: Sociology of Sports
  • SOC 2930: The Body: Social Science Perspectives
  • SOC 3230: Gender and Society
  • SOC 3240: Anthropology of Sex and Gender
  • SOC 3430: Marriage and the Family
  • SOC 3510: Structure of Poverty, Globally and Locally
  • SOC 3950: Human Sexuality in the Black Community
  • SOC 4050: Feminist Movements


Students who choose the health and medicine concentration will choose four of the following courses, in addition to the major requirements:

  • SOC 1120: Introduction to Sociology: Diversity and Health
  • SOC 2210: Biological Anthropology
  • SOC 2460: Global Mental Health
  • SOC 2490: Sociology of Medicine
  • SOC 2480: Drugs and Society
  • SOC 2930: Culture and Health
  • SOC 2930: Health and Environment
  • SOC 3270: Environmental Anthropology
  • SOC 3490: Sociology of Mental Health
  • SOC 4640: Demography: Population Characteristics and Trends
  • SOC 4930: Health, Law and Professional Power


Students who choose the health and medicine concentration will choose four of the following courses, in addition to the major requirements:

  • SOC 1180: World Geography
  • SOC 1190: Cultural Geography
  • SOC 1500: The Urban Community
  • SOC 2500: Social Ecology
  • SOC 3180: Immigration
  • SOC 3220: Urban Sociology
  • SOC 4200: Urban Ecology: Neighborhoods
  • SOC 4250: Sociology of Urbanization
  • SOC 4540: Environmental Impact of the City
  • SOC 4640: Demography: Population Characteristics & Trends
  • SOC 4650: Introduction to GIS
  • SOC 4660: Intermediate GIS
  • SOC 4670: Spatial Demography
  • SOC 4680: Forensic GIS
  • SOC 4700: Applied Spatial Analysis
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.

Tuition and Fees

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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.