The Sociology Program

Sociology has the power to transform the student, who will go on to transform society.

Sociology is concerned with human interaction, the social nature of human beings, and human coexistence among varying kinds of groups.  The University’s sociology program offers an integrated approach to the study of human social behavior.  Through the concepts of self and roles, social institutions, the community, family, and social and cultural heritage, the group behavior of humans is studied.  Students obtain a solid grounding in theory and scientific methods as well as skill-based education from experiential learning opportunities.  Sociology majors achieve analytical and technical skills that will earn them success beyond the University of Providence in business, social services, government, law, or graduate school.


Why Sociology?

We live in a time of constant change, increasing diversity, and heightened educational requirements. The 21st century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global, and technology-driven.

The skills you need to succeed in the 21st century include:

  • creativity/innovation,
  • critical thinking,
  • analytic problem-solving,
  • communication,
  • collaboration,
  • multi-cultural and global understandings,
  • strong math and science skills, and
  • excellent written expression.

The good news for sociology majors is that their studies are uniquely suited to help develop the skills needed for a successful 21st century career. Studying sociology can help foster creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving and communications skills.  With a sociology background students can find employment in many sectors, including business, agricultural organizations, labor relations, criminal justice, human services, social work, and research.  Many students enter graduate school.  Recent graduates have entered law school, master’s degree programs in family counseling and sociology, and doctoral programs in sociology. No one “professional title” explains the job of a well-prepared sociology graduate.



Michael Low
Deanna Koepke
Gregory Madson