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Systematically and scientifically studying society and social behavior

Sociologists look beyond individual and unique events to the predictable broad patterns and regular occurrences of social life that influence individuals, especially gender, race/ethnicity, and social class/inequality. This is the sociological imagination. 

Courses in sociology at St. Scholastica focus on the forms of social organization and social processes in our own and other cultures, and on the theoretical approaches sociologists use to understand them.

Course Outcomes

By providing students with the tools to examine the social and cultural dimensions of society and to analyze social justice issues, courses in sociology help students think critically and act responsibly in a complex and rapidly changing world. That's why sociology courses are required for a number of majors and why many courses fulfill General Education Pathways requirements. 

Course Descriptions

SOC 1125 General Sociology Designed to provide an overview of the concepts, methods, and applications of sociology, and the development of the sociological imagination. Topics include development of the social self, status and role, race and ethnicity, gender, social class, deviance, political and economic institutions, population dynamics, the family, and other dimensions of society. This introductory course emphasizes the development of the sociological imagination.

SOC 2433 The Family and Society Exploration of the meaning and variety of family life in the United States and other cultures. Classic and contemporary theories are combined with recent research findings to understand the changing definitions and contexts of family life. Emphasis is placed on the study of the family in a broader context, including the influence of neighborhoods, schools and religion, socioeconomic inequalities, gender roles, domestic abuse, divorce, and a life span approach to family life.



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Kären Petersen Ph.D., Program Chair

The College of St. Scholastica
School of Sciences
Tower Hall, Room 3646
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

Phone: (218) 723-6031