Sociology is a broad social science focused on
human behavior|relationships|cultural institutions.

In Sociology, we study groups; the variety of ways people behave in groups and how an individual’s attitude and actions are influenced by them. This study of human behavior provides a wide range of personal and marketable skills like critical thinking, statistical analysis and current research.

The personal mentoring and experiential learning opportunities offered at CSB+SJU complement our sociology curriculum well! Sociology graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of careers as well as entering graduate school. Recent graduates are working in education, sales, mental health, criminal justice and more. 


Why Study Sociology at CSB+SJU?

  • Offers pathways in areas such as Global Culture; Research, Planning & Policy Analysis; Community & Family Studies; Crime, Law & Justice.
  • Multiculturalism is important to our program. More than half our faculty members have directed an international study program. The department offers courses in world populations, race and ethnicity, urban studies and anthropology.
  • Experiential learning is valued. In addition to internships, interested students can participate in on-going faculty research or design and implement their own independent research project for credit.

Program Overview

  • Includes courses such as criminology, anthropology, urban studies, gender, ethnic studies, sociology of religion, family violence.
  • Has sponsored internships at the Office of the Saint Cloud Mayor, Camp Courage, Casa Guadalupe and Stearns County Community Corrections.
  • Includes collaborative efforts across many disciplines.

Hands-on Learning

Resources for Examining Race and Ethnicity from a Social Science Perspective

Student Resources

Life as a Sociology Major

Mission, Learning Goals and Objectives

Learning Outcomes
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Ellen Block
Chair, Sociology Department
SJU Simons 114

Brandie White
Department Coordinator
SJU Quad 355A