|Top (L-R): Antonia Keane, Lovell Smith, Jay Ryu, Barbara Vann, and Amanda Konradi|
Bottom (L-R): Michael Burton, Mark Peyrot
Sociology explores relationships between people as they participate in interactions in groups ranging in size and intimacy, from dyads, to families, organizations, communities, and even nations. It incorporates the dual traditions of the humanities and natural sciences in an effort to describe, understand, and explain human social behavior.
An undergraduate sociology major provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class that affect work and how organizations operate. Developing a sociological perspective is advantageous for working in today's multiethnic and multinational business environment. Thus, a degree in sociology is an excellent springboard for entering the world of business, industry, and nonprofit organizations. Our majors can be found working in fields including law, business, medicine, teaching, government, non-profit organizations, and social work.
As a major, you will learn to apply basic sociological research techniques and skills. The department offers student internships and research opportunities through yearly sociology and social work practicum experiences; thus, you will have a chance to apply your learning and test out a field that interests you with professional guidance. Recent internships include placement with the court system, social service agencies, rehabilitation organizations, and other local non-profits, which our graduates have found useful in a variety of career tracks.
A distinct benefit of a degree in sociology is that the most important problems of the 21st century will be social: how to avoid war, advance democracy, fight poverty and crime, treat substance abuse, and minimize environmental destruction. Loyola sociologists will be on the forefront in the search for answers.
Department News - Summer 2012
Congratulations and a fond farwell to retiring Professor Jay Ryu, who has taught sociology majors at Loyola since 1976!
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Michelle Gawerc, assistant professor of sociology at Loyola University Maryland, who was chosen to participate in the 2012 Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar, “Teaching Peace and Reconciliation: Theory and Practice in Northern Ireland,” held from July 7-28 in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.
As of June 2012, the Diabetes Educator reports that its top 2 most cited articles were co-authored by Professor Mark Peyrot way back in in 2003.
Associate Professor Antonia (Toni) Klima Keane received a 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from Baltimore City Community College.