No matter where you go, an organized society is there. Human interaction is a mosaic of behavioral, psychological, emotional, physical, and environmental patterns set in a context. The ways we respond to others and the things we talk about with them, the choices we make, the lifestyles we live, the institutions we create — all are shaped by our culture and society. Sociology develops ways for us to understand the dynamics and complexities of human interaction and social arrangements. In any endeavor, it is important to understand social power as well as interpersonal dynamics, so a degree in sociology can inform any field and any sector. 


As a sociology major, you’ll learn from experts in gender and sexuality, social class analysis, race and ethnicity, global capitalism, family, health, migration, social activism, and the environment. Our faculty have published dozens of articles and books on these subjects. 


The department offers an internship program for sociology seniors, providing you with a wealth of opportunities to put your sociology major into action with social agencies throughout the city.

The urban laboratory.

Marquette’s setting in the heart of a big city provides a cultural laboratory of human experience for our sociology majors. Link your sociology classroom experience with meaningful community service through Marquette’s Service Learning Program. Opportunities include

    • serving at neighborhood organizations while learning about the history and challenges of neighborhoods
    • tutoring children and providing other services for the homeless while examining the roots of poverty in the United States
    • serving hospice patients while learning about families in crisis.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • Sex and Gender 
  • Race and Racism 
  • Environment and Society 
  • Law and Society 
  • Self, Language, and Social Interaction 
  • Culture, Health, and Illness 
  • Immigrants and their Communities 
  • Social Movements, Protest, and Change 
  • Family Violence and Public Intervention 
  • Capitalism, Socialism, and Emancipation 
  • Principles of Sociology 
  • Social Statistics 
  • Sociological Theory 
  • Methods of Social Research 

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in sociology, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.