Prof. Steinhour teaching a sociology class on campus grounds


Sociology, as a science of society and human interests, develops our understanding of how we, as social beings, are woven into the fabric of our society; it aids us in understanding what is happening about us and what social forces are coming to bear on our lives. Sociology is distinguished by two characteristics: 1) its approach to phenomena is scientific; 2) its subject matter is human interaction.



BA in Sociology (4 year)

Also available as a minor

Why Sociology?

  • 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.

Careers in Sociology

  • Career Counselor
  • Criminologist
  • Politician
  • Social Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Teacher

Alumni Graduate Schools

  1. Purdue University
  2. University of Chicago
  3. Northwestern University
  4. Indiana University
  5. Ohio State University

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.

Hands-on Experience

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.

Photo | Michael Swanson '96

Michael Swanson '96

Major: Sociology. Minor: Psychology

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.