Academics

Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life. It focuses on the interactions of people and institutions, and their influences upon each other. If you’re fascinated by the behavior of people in groups or in society, sociology is a major you should seriously consider.

Sociology contains a number of specialty areas including social inequality, race and ethnic relations, urban studies, social movements, law and justice, marriage and family, gender, sexuality, culture and more.

General course information

Several popular classes focus on research providing students with opportunities to conduct original work under the guidance of a faculty member. Recent research projects have focused on the homeless, the dynamics of congregations, family interactions, labor unions, the assimilation of minority groups and criminal justice.

There are many electives to choose from to complete your degree requirements. Electives cover areas such as the sociology of gender, human rights, criminology, social movements and more.

Students have an opportunity to complete an internship as part of their coursework and to integrate their academic learning with work experiences. They also can participate in the Sociology and Law and Justice Club, a recently formed chapter at CUC.

If choosing to minor in sociology, you are required to take courses covering the fundamentals of sociology and research methods. To complete requirements, you may choose from many electives that are of interest you.

For details about required courses, please visit our online catalog.

Opportunities

Located only 10 miles from downtown Chicago, the University’s location enables students to experience diversity whether it pertains to the arts, cultural institutions or as a learning laboratory. There are nearly endless opportunities for internships, research, study and service.

CUC’s sociology students have distinguished themselves by presenting the results of their research at several local and national conferences including Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area symposia, the Midwest Sociological Association, Concordia University Chicago’s annual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference and the American Sociological Association.

Sociology honor students are also invited to join Alpha Kappa Delta, a national sociology honor society. The worldwide society has more than 490 chapters and more than 80,000 members who benefit from scholarship and publication opportunities.

Career Services

When it’s time to seek internships and post-graduation employment, Concordia’s Career Services office is available to help individuals begin their searches.

Our Office of Career Services helps you find internships that will suit whatever career direction you plan to take after graduation. We have partnered with the Illinois Small College Placement Association and CareerRookie to provide databases where we can search an extensive list of internships, jobs and other resources to help shape your future.

To learn more about the Office of Career Services visit www.CUChicago.edu/career_services.

What can I do with this degree?

Sociology majors typically find jobs in law; business; media, marketing and public relations arenas; social service agencies; not-for-profit organizations; government agencies; educational institutions; and hospitals and health care systems.    

A bachelor of arts degree in sociology is also excellent preparation for future graduate work to one day become a professor, researcher or applied sociologist.

Many of our students pursue graduate degrees in sociology.

Our sociology faculty include:

Jodie Dewey, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology
Jenna Mahay, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology
Damian Williams, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology

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“It is without question that the Sociology Department provides all their students with opportunities like the one I have had. With their support, I have been accepted to UIC for their master’s program. Thank you to the department for building an ongoing relationship with students, like me, and always encouraging us to pursue our education and career goals.” – Shankar Peterson ’06, Sociology major

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Career Possibilities

  • Paralegal
  • Teacher
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing Associate
  • Not-for-profit Coordinator
  • Social Service Worker
  • Research Associate
  • Health Care Coordinator
  • Business Management/Development
  • Homeless Advocate
  • Statistician
  • Labor Relations
  • Juvenile Court Worker
  • Forensic Interviewer
  • Welfare Counselor
  • Program Director