Explore the Intersection of Your Self and Your Society

Sociology is among the more popular areas of study at Providence because you study everything from interpersonal human relationships to interactions between people and powers on a global scale.  It helps you to understand how these relationships are developed, structured, and changed, and the ways in which they are often shaped by social norms and cultural forces outside ourselves.  You will learn to think analytically, creatively, and constructively about yourself, others, and the culture(s) in which we find ourselves.  This higher level of cultural literacy mixed with Christian sensitivities will make you a valuable and effective contributor at the personal, organizational, national, or international levels.  The Providence program has a significant focus on social justice which motivates social activism.

Information Sessions

Join us on one of our information sessions to hear more about the program, application/admission process and what makes Providence a unique place for you to get your university education. You can find upcoming sessions here (under University College Sessions).

Major Options
Bachelor of Arts Sociology Major 3 Years
Minor Sociology Combine with any Major
Program Details

For entry into the Sociology major, a grade of “C” or better in any Sociology course is required. For students who have taken additional courses toward the major, a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses, excluding failed courses.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

Range of Courses
  • Self and Society: Social Psychology
  • Men, Women, and Society
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Marriage and Family
  • Media and Society
  • Language and Culture
  • Consumer Culture and Simpler Living
  • Children and Violence
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Global Problems and Change

Ryan Coulling, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Career Options
Graduates build careers in a vast array of human or social services, including humanitarian aid, social work, community programming and development, disaster relief, human resources, social policy analysis, education, criminal justice, counseling, civil service, law, journalism, and much, much more. Some first pursue graduate studies in fields closely related to sociology.