Overview

At Trinity, sociology takes a critical and in-depth look at the fundamental principles governing social organization and social behavior with regard to topics such as social inequality, criminal justice, gender, race, public policy, and public health, making use of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.

Fast Facts
  • More than 45% of sociology students study abroad
  • Strong internship and research opportunities
  • Electronic classrooms sharpen data and analytical skills
  • Access to in-house Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab
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What You'll Study

Redefine and challenge the constructs of your world


Faculty

Lifelong impact

Our award-winning faculty help sociology students engage in experiential learning, research, and developing community connections.

Jennifer P. Mathews
Jennifer P. Mathews, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor
Christine Drennon
Christine Drennon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Benjamin Sosnaud
Benjamin Fu-Sosnaud, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Sarah Beth Kaufman
Sarah Beth Kaufman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Meredith McGuire, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita
Alfred Montoya
Alfred Montoya, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Tahir H. Naqvi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Student Opportunities

Perform undergraduate work of consequence

Scholarships

The Sociology programs provide several scholarships that support students taking on community-based research or service projects.

Honors Programs

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of investigating humanity for the purpose of service. 

 

Research Opportunities

All students take an intensive research design course, working through faculty with a community partner to conduct ethnographic interviews and/or...

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to push outside their comfort zones when studying abroad and immerse themselves in the fabric of local cultures and customs.

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Service-Learning

San Antonio presents a multitude of opportunities to serve: working with Habitat for Humanity to working at social service agencies.

Spaces and Facilities

The Social Science Research lab gives students access to GIS technology, allowing students to study spatial aspects of population.

Student Awards and Recognition

The C. Wright Mills Award is awarded to a senior sociology major whose work best exemplifies the theories and methods of the field.

Lecture Series and Annual Events

The department hosts frequent visits and talks from prominent scientists and scholars from across the United States and abroad.


When You Graduate

Affect societies and culture for the better

Tigers apply their knowledge of social organization and behavior in a variety of settings including, public health, public policy, criminal justice, social justice, law and economics.

 

Careers

Trinity creates sociologists who do more than investigate social patterns: They apply their strong research skills to find creative solutions to modern problems across all career fields.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Cultural studies
  • Ethnic studies
  • Law School
  • Master’s in Public Health​​​​​​
  • Medical school
  • Public health 
  • Sustainable development

    Career Areas:

    • Education
    • Law Centers
    • Nonprofits
    • Public Health
    • Public Policy
    • Social Work

      Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

      • U.S. Congress
      • UT Health Science Center
      • World Foundation for Medical Research and Prevention

       


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