Our curriculum is developmental in character.
- Gateway courses expose students to foundational principles, contemporary theories, and a variety of rigorous methodologies.
- Theory and research courses hone skills in data gathering and analysis of complex problems and policy formulations.
- Substantive topic courses apply disciplinary ideas and analytical tools to real world problems.
- The capstone experience, under close faculty supervision, applies critical thinking skills to research questions, policy evaluation, and program implementation.
The spirit of Jesuit teaching informs our program to help shape a more humane world by putting disciplinary knowledge, tools, and sensibilities to work in business, social services, government, law, and the media, or by pursuing graduate studies leading to university faculty careers. Our program is anchored around four competencies: social inequality and mobility across gender, race, class, and ethnicity (including migration); technology, culture, and innovation; crime, deviance, and social control; and institutions and social justice.
To declare a major or minor, fill out the Program Petition form and meet with the department chair.