By majoring in sociology, you’ll be exposed to a very diverse view of the world, and learn the types of critical thinking skills that are required in a global economy.

Social justice and equality are the key elements to a peaceful and stable society, yet the world is still plagued by issues such as racism, poverty, war, oppression, crime, human exploitation and environmental degradation.

Sociology is a field of study that analyzes these social problems and phenomena, and how they affect groups and societies. It also examines how social issues arise and how they are addressed.

At La Roche University you have the opportunity to delve further into these issues, and learn more about the dynamic relationships between social structure and human behavior in the hopes of understanding and creating realistic solutions.


The sociology major is designed to teach a combination of theory, methodology and critical thinking, and covers a variety of subjects such as: the environment, women, education, crime, politics, history and race.

You’ll develop analytical skills while working with people from all social backgrounds, and gain knowledge in sociological theories and research methods.

Globalization has impacted nearly every aspect of people’s lives, and employers look to hire personnel who understand world affairs and appreciate diversity.

Expert Faculty

Students work very closely with the chair of the department, who is renowned in the sociology field, having published books and papers on a variety of subjects including: ethnic relations, development, secession movements, the environment, globalization, ethics and government, social movements, culture and identity, and organizational behavior.


The Sociology Club at La Roche University provides a useful background for those planning to enter professional fields where they will interact with groups of people.

Activities include opportunities for community service, workshops, speakers, networking, movie nights and more. The Sociology Club is open to sociology majors and minors, as well as anyone interested in the field in general.


In addition to La Roche’s merit-based scholarships, we offer annual and endowed scholarships, thanks to our generous donors.

Dr. MariJean Ferguson Sociology Endowed Scholarship

This award is available to a full-time student with merit and need, and who has an interest in women’s issues, rights or equality.

  • Applicants must be beginning or returning to higher education to pursue an undergraduate sociology degree after having postponed attainment of that degree due to extenuating circumstances
  • Freshman applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Upperclassmen applicants must have completed at least 15 credit hours and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Recipient must maintain full-time student status during the award period
  • Essay and two letters of recommendation required
  • Non-renewable award
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What Can You Do With Your Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in sociology prepares you for careers in:

  • Public administration
  • Politics
  • Social and health services
  • Criminal justice
  • Business
  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Social research
  • Journalism and public relations

The degree also is especially useful in preparing students for graduate programs in sociology, social science disciplines and law school.

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