The Department of Sociology bachelor of science and minor expose students to ideas and foundations that prepare them to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Students gain a “sociological imagination” that unveils a greater understanding of the social forces and processes that shape our societies and influence institutions, cultures, and individual decisions. Santa Clara promotes sociological perspectives and insights that are applicable to our own lives, careers, and futures. In addition to gaining critical thinking and analytical skills, sociology students enjoy opportunities to work closely with faculty mentors and engage in internships and charitable experiences where they can apply innovative ideas to some of our most pressing social problems.
About Our Program
The Department of Sociology offers a course of study that exposes cutting edge sociological ideas and foundations to prepare students to enter graduate school or pursue other professional opportunities. In addition to the rigorous analytical research and evaluation of theoretical perspectives, our sociology curriculum is rooted in the spirit of a Jesuit education stressing competence, conscience, and compassion. Students have the option to choose from three concentrations to deepen their program of study. An active internship experience complements the liberal arts orientation of our courses. Beyond the classroom, the department offers opportunities for students to publish their own research, present at conferences, and participate in faculty research.
16Average Class size
in Upper-Division Courses
11:1Student : Faculty Ratio,
Giving our students opportunities to interact closely with faculty
more than 10%of students
attend graduate school after SCU
over 50Courses offered each year, providing a wide variety of options to choose from
1 NationalDepartmental teaching award from the American Sociological Association
26%of graduates work full-time after graduation where they worked for their internships
Beyond the Classroom
As part of the sociology curriculum, all students will have the opportunity to participate in a sociology related internship. The Silicon Valley Sociological Review, an annual research journal, provides students have an opportunity to experience how academic publishing works in addition to demonstrating their research skills.
The Annual Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference facilitates communication and professional exchange among students and faculty from colleges and universities throughout the Western United States. Every year, the Sociology Department awards several distinct honors to its majors in recognition of their scholarship and service.
News & Events
Volume 20 of department undergraduate research journal highlights exemplary student work
Molly M. King’s Research Examines Ableism in Climate Policy