Sociology gives students a critical and in-depth look at the fundamental principles governing social organization and social behavior. A minor in sociology complements is ideal for students seeking to develop both qualitative and quantitative research skills, as well as problem solving abilities.

Fast Facts
  • More than 45% of Sociology students study abroad
  • Strong internship and research opportunities
  • Electronic classrooms sharpen data and analytic skills
  • Access to in-house GIS lab
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What You'll Study

Redefine and challenge the constructs of your world


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
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Marissa Cisneros
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Christine Drennon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Kaushik Ghosh
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Nicole Jones
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
Benjamin Sosnaud
Benjamin Sosnaud, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Student Opportunities

Perform undergraduate work of consequence


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

Honors Programs

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

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. Students will immerse themselves in the fabric of local cultures and...


San Antonio presents a multitude of opportunities to serve: by working among the homeless, with Habitat for Humanity, studying local districting for...

Spaces and Facilities

The Social Science Research lab gives students access to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, allowing students to study spatial aspects...

Student Awards and Recognition

The highest departmental honor, the C. Wright Mills Award is awarded to a senior sociology major whose work best exemplifies the theories and methods...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

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

When You Graduate

Consider sociocultural effects across other disciplines

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.


Trinity creates leaders 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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