Academic Programs

Sociology

Why study sociology at Benedictine?

When you choose to major in Sociology at Benedictine University at Springfield, you will choose a concentration in either Criminal Justice or Sociology according to your personal and career interests.

What does a degree in Sociology at Benedictine offer?

In Benedictine’s Sociology program, you will learn the ways in which people organize themselves and behave in society. You will achieve a cross-cultural perspective to understanding human behavior and learn the statistical and research methods of professional sociologists.

What careers are available with a Sociology degree?

When you earn a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, you will be eligible for a career in social work, criminal justice and law enforcement, life span services, and business and industry. By taking a combination of theoretical and applied courses, you will be able to prepare for graduate-level studies in sociology, social work or law.

How does the program work?

As a Sociology major, you will complete at least 42 credit-hours in sociology courses with a grade of “C” or better. You will learn the fundamental concepts of sociological study, statistics, research methods in the social sciences, the origins and development of sociological theory to current times, and how to do a senior thesis in the program’s capstone course.

You will also learn the fundamentals of psychology and economics. You will choose from among sociology courses, such as social psychology, social and cultural change, racial and ethnic groups, social welfare services, marriage and family, death and dying and medical sociology. If you choose a concentration in criminal justice you will complete at least four courses in that concentration, including correctional systems, clinical intervention or introduction to criminal justice.