- 1A Sociology degree offers many career options, such as social work, counseling, urban planning, law, law enforcement, anthropology, education, and public administration.
- 2Students who study Sociology develop an understanding of how we, as social beings, are woven into the fabric of our society.
- 3Sociology combines the studies of economics, political science, psychology, and history. Rather than viewing our world through one discipline, sociologists combine these diverse perspectives.
Why Study Sociology at Saint Joseph’s College?
The SJC Department of Sociology, which oversees both our Sociology and Criminal Justice programs, strives to tailor classes in accordance to their students’ needs and interests. As a result, the department offers courses in various fields, including criminology, juvenile justice, family development, as well as courses that teach and utilize basic skills of socialization in political, industrial, urban, and multicultural settings.
Our Sociology students have several service opportunities available to them. For example, students work with the poor, aged, mentally and physically disadvantaged, and at local and regional institutions like the Westville Correctional Center in Westville, Ind., the Northern Indiana Rural Crisis Center, and the Jasper County Youth Center. SJC Sociology students are also enabled to partake in research methods of human behavior, which in turn nurtures their critical thinking skills. Data collection is involved, but the emphasis rests more on qualitative (discussing theories in retrospect of results of a study on human behavior) and not as much on quantitative (raw data). As juniors and seniors, Sociology students are encouraged to present their studies’ data, results, and theories to conferences held at graduate schools.
Dedication to Excellence
Our Sociology major is designed to prepare students for continuing education at the graduate level or for immediate employment in social and public service. The academic approach to phenomena is scientific, and its subject is human interaction.
Faculty and Class Size
100% of our Department of Sociology faculty members hold doctorates in their fields of expertise. Class sizes range between 10 and 20 students.