Sociology & Urban Studies
“Consistent with the mission of Saint Peters University, we expect our students to be deeply committed to learning about the environment around them, thirsty to learn more about it and, as graduates, able to make the world a better place.” – Dr. David Surrey
Why is our society organized the way it is, with some groups controlling more power and resources than others?
How did we get this way? And how can we change in ways that reflect our care and concern for others?
You can explore these and other questions with a major or minor in sociology and urban studies. Over half of our classes have moved beyond the walls of the University to include community-learning components. These community immersion experiences help you explore career possibilities with local governmental and community-based organizations as you perform evaluations and plan programs. You will gain real-world experience by conducting research projects, holding conferences and building new research skills.
Many of our students go on to explore career and graduate school opportunities in anthropology, sociology, urban studies and related fields.
Ruth Benedict stated that the purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences. The anthropology minor presents a holistic examination of the human condition past and present. It draws on four interconnected a subfields: archeology, physical, linguistics and socio-cultural anthropology. Students with the anthropology minor are not only able to enter graduate school but work in a wide-range of fields that improve the human condition.
Both Sociology and Urban Studies degrees prepare students for graduate work and employment. Sociology and Urban Studies degrees can lead to careers in social research, social services, urban planning, advertising, marketing, and government (including foreign service), as well as teaching.
Graduates also work in community-based organizations that mentor youth, support women and families, as well as provide job training. Many graduates from both majors also major in Education and become school teachers or administrators.
Understand & Appreciate
Understand and appreciate life in a diverse world. Sociology majors become aware of how society influences lives.
A Changing Society
Sociology majors learn to value the power of individuals and groups in CHANGING society.
Sociology majors develop skills in gathering and analyzing data on social issues and putting this information into a sociological context.
The City is Your Laboratory
Consider the city as a living laboratory. Explore the lives and issues of its residents. Urban Studies majors learn about the development of metropolitan areas and the challenges facing these areas.
An Interdisciplinary Program
Interdisciplinary in nature, the Urban Studies program draws on courses from several departments and programs. Students learn to work with government and community organizations to improve the quality of life in urban areas.
The Department also offers Minors in Sociology, Urban Studies, Anthropology, International/Intercultural Studies.