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College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

Are you interested in better understanding of human social behavior, culture, and interpersonal relationships? When pursuing St. Kate’s sociology degree on our St. Paul campus, you'll gain insight into topics ranging from self-identity and gender roles to family and government.

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Take 32 credits per year to finish your degree in four years.

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Prepare to Understand and Solve Real-Life Issues

A major in sociology at St. Kate's is a flexible degree program that allows you to explore a wide range of subjects, develop new ways of thinking, and become a leader with coherent understanding of social justice.

Through classroom interaction and collaborative research, you will

  • study systems of power and privilege as well as disparities in existing institutional arrangements

  • critically analyze the role of race, class, gender, and other differences that shape social meaning and structural patterns

  • develop strategies for impacting social change through personal action, social movements, community organizations, the law, and public policy.

The faculty at St. Catherine University are committed to solving real-life problems that we face daily as individuals and as a society. Their expertise includes contemporary issues such as immigration, globalization, social control through mass incarceration and medicalization, the politics of performance, and race, class, and gender.

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With a St. Kate’s degree in sociology, you'll gain the skills and experience to understand the history of philosophical thought, analyze the writings of others and articulate their perspective. You will be prepared to pursue a variety of careers in government, business, nonprofits, and education, including

  • law firms
  • local, state and federal agencies
  • government or politics
  • corporate training and development
  • teaching, research, or administration at a college or high school

A sociology degree will also position you to pursue graduate study or attend law or medical school.