Are you an intuitive, compassionate person with genuine concern for the well-being of others? If so, a career in sociology would be a great fit for you. As a sociology major at Maryville, you’ll learn about the guiding sociological principles that influence human relationships in a complex society. This program emphasizes applied, career-related experiences and an understanding of the pressing social issues and concerns of today.
Our coursework was created with a desire to foster social awareness and a strong sense of civic and community responsibility. As a student of Sociology, we hope that you acquire a good understanding of history and other cultures, different frameworks of thought and the interconnectedness of social life.
Coursework in Career Preparation
Below are a few examples of courses that we offer to provide you with hands-on learning experiences to use as the ultimate preparation for your future career.
SOC 495 Practicum: Social Services and Action
Students select practicum sites from a variety of human and social service agencies in both private and public sectors. This course gives students an opportunity for career exploration, community involvement and on-the-job experience before graduation.
SOC 490 Social Services in St. Louis
This course is designed to give students an introduction to the vast network of social service agencies in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. The course includes site visits and discussions with social service practitioners from programs in chemical and drug dependency, community corrections and crime prevention, crisis intervention, domestic violence, mental health and other human service areas.
SOC 480 Senior Seminar I
Senior Seminar I is part of the culmination of the social science curriculum. The course requires that students demonstrate various competencies related to their chosen field of study. In the process of demonstrating these competencies, students will work with a social science faculty member on a project proposal intended to explore an area of interest in the student’s field of study.
You’d be surprised how far-reaching a degree in sociology can be. Given the breadth, adaptability and utility of sociology, employment opportunities abound for graduates. You could work in the social service field in rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or seniors, recreation or administration. Community work is also available for fundraising for social service organizations and nonprofits, community development agencies and environmental groups or child care. There are even correctional opportunities in probation, parole or other criminal justice work. You could find yourself working in advertising or marketing, insurance, real estate or sales. Colleges have positions for sociology graduates in admissions, alumni relations and placement offices. Health service is another route you could take in terms of family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, health planning and hospital admissions. All of that combined with jobs in government and education, and the options really are endless.
Degree Offerings and Requirements
If you’re interested in joining our Sociology program, you need to meet the general admissions requirements for the University. We recommend that you complete a variety of high school or college prep courses in biology, chemistry, physics and pre-calculus before applying.