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Department of Sociology

Analyzing the world and making it better

If you’re always wondering “Why?” and “How?” when it comes to issues like social inequality, race, or crime, put your curiosity to work in the College of Social Sciences’ Department of Sociology. Sociology is about you and the world you live in—you’ll study people and their activities, their work, their games, relationships, behaviors, beliefs, organizations, problems, and dreams. Through hands-on experience, you’ll hone skills in social research and statistical analysis—skills that can prepare you for a career in government, industry, or social services.

Faculty Success

Dr. Cody R. Melcher's course syllabus published by the American Sociological Association

Dr. Cody R. Melcher's syllabus, for his course Race Scholars Denied, was recently published by the American Sociological Association's Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, a peer-reviewed repository for pedagogy resources in the discipline. 


The course, which focuses on the work of forgotten Black sociologists whose work was integral to the development of the discipline, is typically offered every spring. Dr. Melcher received the CAS Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching in the spring of 2023, the last time the course was taught. 


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Student Success

Congratulations to fall 2022 Frugé Fellowship Recipient: Malaika Saleem

Malaika Saleem is a junior originally from Seattle, Washington. She is majoring in Sociology and double minoring in African and African American Studies and History. Malaika received the  Frugé Fellowship this fall for her demonstrated commitment to service within the New Orleans community and commitment to social justice advocacy. As a  Frugé Fellow, Malaika joins the Loyola Social Justice Scholars Program and will continue her service and activism work.

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Why Sociology?

What can a sociology degree from Loyola do for you?