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Sociology


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.

Program Features


Experiential Learning:

All Sociology students complete a 150 hour practicum in a local organization.  With the assistance of faculty, students select this location to ensure it meshes with their individual career goals.

Capstone Experience:

During the final year of study, all Sociology majors synthesize their learning experiences through an independent research project that allows the student to explore a subject of their interest in greater depth.

Flexible Curriculum: 

With the exception of the introductory course, students select the remaining courses from a menu of sociology offerings.  This allows students to customize a program that best matches their interests, whether that be in traditional sociology, or through courses that intentionally incorporate a criminology focus or an increased emphasis on the individual in psychology-related courses.

Graduate Study Preparation:

If you are interested in pursuing graduate work, the Sociology program at Maryville offers students graduate bridges with Saint Louis University’s Masters in Social Work and Maryville’s Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. These accelerated courses of study permit you to begin work on a Master’s Degree while still completing the undergraduate degree requirements, thus reducing the time to completion of the Master’s Degree.  Furthermore, students choosing to major in Sociology receive excellent preparation for eventual success in M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Sociology, plus Law School.

Professional/Career Opportunities

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

Admission 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.


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