The mission of the Sociology Department is to provide the major with a strong foundation in sociological theory and research within the context of a modern sociological curriculum. The Department is committed to the development of the “sociological imagination” and the fostering of action based on a progressive social consciousness. The Department is guided by the values of Catholic social doctrine, the mission of the University, and a high regard for scholarly academic work that leads to the enhancement of knowledge.

Sociology is a social science that studies society and the social activity of human beings. Sociologists are interested in discovering and explaining how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do, focusing on groups and categories of people sharing common characteristics. Empirical evidence, derived from scientific investigation, is fundamental to sociological inquiry. Sociological studies include culture, religion, government, economy, education, family, crime, sports, and race relations.