If you’re interested in why people do what they do, and why the world works the way it does, Sociology might be the major for you. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to understand how institutions and organizations shape individual life experiences. This includes systematically analyzing the behavior patterns of social, political, religious, educational and business organizations to identify the causes of problems such as violence, crime, divorce, poverty, racism and sexism.
 
Our flexible curriculum encourages double majors and the exploration of topics relevant to our daily lives. We focus on inequality in the issues of race, gender and class through active, community-based learning, reflection and examination of current events. Graduates demonstrate the Loras mission of reflective thinking, active learning, responsible contributing and ethical decision-making.



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Why do people do what they do? Why does the world work the way it does? Sociologists systematically analyze the behavior patterns of social, political, religious, educational, and business organizations. They conduct research and analyze theory to help identify the causes of social problems such as violence, crime, divorce, poverty, racism, and sexism. Sociology provides skills and knowledge for understanding how institutions and organizations shape individual life experiences.
 
Our goal is to provide our students with opportunities to connect theory and research. We present a flexible curriculum meant to encourage double majors and exploration of topics relevant to our real lives. Our program has a focus on inequality, examining issues of race, gender, and class. Our courses offer opportunities for active learning (including community based learning in some cases), reflection on your own values and beliefs, and a chance to examine current social issues through readings, films, and other media. With a major in sociology, you will be prepared to demonstrate the Loras College mission of reflective thinking, active learning, responsible contributing, and ethical decision-making.

Undergraduate Bulletin Core Curriculum

Major requirements and course descriptions

Skills you can gain from a major in Sociology
  • Critical Thinking
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Working with groups
  • Understanding diversity
  • Research and Data Analysis
What can you do with a Sociology major? How about…what can’t you do with a Sociology major!
 
Though the word “sociology” might not be a part of many job descriptions, the skills and insights you gain from this field are useful in many different areas. Being able to understand and conduct research will give you an edge in the job market. Knowledge about key social factors and various group dynamics is helpful in most jobs where you’ll interact with others.

Graduates in sociology may enter a wide range of fields including:
  • social services
  • business positions
  • environmental planning
  • data analysis
  • urban and rural planning
  • non-profit work
  • government positions
  • ministry
  • law enforcement
  • legal services
  • education
Why choose Sociology?
  • Interesting subject matter
  • Useful skills that employers want
  • Gaining new perspective
  • Courses that focus on active learning

For more information, contact:
 
Rick Anderson
563-588-7177
563-588-7022
563-588-7819


Career Opportunities

After receiving your degree from Loras, your career could take off into one of these fields:
  • Social Services
  • Business Positions
  • Environmental Planning
  • Data Analysis
  • Urban and Rural Planning
  • Non-Profit Work
  • Government Positions
  • Ministry
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Services
  • Education
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