The Department of Sociology bachelor of science and minor expose students to ideas and foundations that prepare them for graduate school or to pursue other professional opportunities. 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.
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. An active internship experience complements the liberal arts orientation of our courses.
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. Santa Clara promotes sociological perspectives and insights that are applicable to our own lives.
“My training in sociology at Santa Clara is the foundation of my career as sociology professor. Santa Clara’s faculty taught me how to use data to understand a range of social phenomena, showed me how to do independent research, and helped me connect what I learned in the classroom to real-world solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. The department instilled in me Jesuit ideals that continue to guide my work: competence, conscience, and compassion.”
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