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Bachelor's Degree | On-Campus

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We live in a diverse, complex society

Gain the skills to enact positive social change

Do you want to make a difference? By studying sociology you will learn to understand social issues and structures on both a local and global scale. You will examine how social forces influence individuals, families, and nations. You will also gain valuable insight into the impact that social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, and social class can have on people’s lives.

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Contact an enrollment counselor with any questions you have about the program.

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Career Outcomes

Where a sociology degree can take you

This degree will prepare you for a wide range of transformative careers, including social work, education, and work in government, business, and nonprofit sectors.

  • Guidance Counselor and Student Advisor


  • Policy Researcher


  • Public Health Educator


Why HNU?

Facts & Figures


All of our full-time undergraduate students receive financial assistance from Holy Names.


Student to Faculty Ratio


US News and World Report Best Colleges Guide 2021 ranks HNU 6th Most Diverse University in their Regional Universities West category

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Student Experience

Learning Outcomes

Students in the sociology program will work toward the following outcomes through learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.
• Describe and identify different social theories.
• Select and apply social scientific research methods.
• Synthesize empirical data.
• Critically analyze and evaluate sociological research and policy.
• Examine the normative orientations different social-cultural groups have toward questions of freedom and social justice.

A program sneak preview

Sample courses

Here are just a few of the courses you may take.

City: Culture, History, and Power

Examine the causes and consequences of the ongoing urbanization process, from both a global and local perspective.

Latinx Communities and Experience

Explore the diverse experiences of Latinx communities in the United States.

Internship Seminar in Sociology

Integrate theory and practice through an on-campus seminar and an off-campus internship.