Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology

Sociology is the study of social forces that shape human behavior and how those forces transform societies and the people in them over time. We are especially interested in studying institutions, such as healthcare, education, the family and religion among others, because they directly impact the ways we live our lives, the beliefs we hold, the opportunities and challenges we encounter, and the possibilities that exist for social change.

Why choose sociology?

Analytical skills. As a broad social science, an undergraduate degree in sociology provides you with the technical and analytic skills.

Global perspective. Learn about different cultures and how to analyze the interaction of groups and societies through a global and historical perspective.

Communicate skillfully. Learn how to convey your ideas effectively in writing and in presentations. Strong communications skills are essential for success..

As a social science, sociology is built on a diverse array of research methods, including surveys, interviews, and even historical analyses, to explain the complex ways society shapes us and the ways we shape society. Students in sociology are trained in these research skills and have a strong foundation for understanding people from a variety of social backgrounds. A degree in sociology is especially useful for careers in law, education, criminal justice, public health, human resources, non-profit sector, policy development, management, research, and many others.

Career Opportunities

When you graduate from Marian University, you will have a bachelor’s degree that qualifies you for wide variety of career options, including:

  • Social Services
  • Social Science Research
  • Management
  • Education
  • Services
  • Sales and Marketing

What will I study?

Depending on your career goals, you may want to add a minor, concentration, or even a second major. Marian University can help create a path to successfully graduate in four years.

Four-year plan Course checklist

For more information

Bessie Rigakos, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History and Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of Sociology
(317) 955-6143

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