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“The reason I went to Holy Names was because it was the only school in the area that had a graduate program that taught remedial reading at the time and I wanted to be a teacher in that area. The staff members were fantastic – hard but delightful and excellent educators. It was a special feeling, the empathy they had for the students.”
Barry Costa '74
Barry Costa

Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

At HNU, the Sociology major and minor offer a wide variety of courses that are designed to expand students’ understanding of complex social forces, issues, and trends within the United States and beyond our borders. Students are instructed to think objectively and analytically about many aspects of contemporary and past societies, including current issues concerning race, ethnicity, gender, family, inequality, and globalism. Students also learn how societies and groups function, how social forces influence individuals and groups, and how sociological skills can be applied to everyday life and work.

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Even with a commitment to small classes and personal attention, Oakland’s Holy Names University remains one of the most affordable private schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to state and federal financial aid, 100% of incoming freshman and day transfer students received scholarship and/or grant money from HNU to help pay for school. To learn more about HNU financial assistance, click here.
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