Sociology is the study of people, society, and social life. Majoring in Sociology means exploring diversity among people, practices, and populations. Thinking like a sociologist means uncovering the taken-for-granted, testing the assumed, and critically exploring social situations.
As a sociology major at Maryville College, you will learn fascinating and challenging things about the world around you including the realities of inequality, social problems, and social change. Classes explore areas such as marriage and family, religion, education, and social movements. Sociology majors graduate with skills in social theory and a variety of scientific methods used to understand people. The sociology major at Maryville College is a welcoming and inclusive major for students of all backgrounds, providing a learning environment in which to better understand your own life circumstances as well as those whose life circumstances may be quite different from your own.
Sociology students will find unique opportunities at Maryville College including service learning, research with professors, and an option for certification in non-profit management. Your chosen senior thesis topic will let you explore any area of sociology under the two-semester mentorship of a sociology faculty member. Here are just a few of the recent senior thesis projects of sociology majors:
- Organizational Development in Nonprofit Settings: Blount County Habitat for Humanity
- The Romantic Revolution: A Sociological Study of Online Dating
- Globalization and the Effects of Cosmetic Surgery on Women in South Korea
- The Effects of Urban Agriculture on Urban Youth
- Gender Norm Transmission Through Magazines to Teenage Girls
- THIS COULD BE YOUR CHURCH: A Study of Church Signs
Maryville College’s Sociology graduates have gone on to a variety of careers. These include human services, criminal justice, sales and marketing, management, research, teaching, community planning, law school, and the Peace Corps. Sociologists work in professional settings with families, children, the elderly, community organizations, businesses, and individuals struggling with addiction or criminal behavior. Through conversations with your advisor, your experience at Maryville College will be custom-tailored to suit your own life goals