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Sociology majors at Benedictine engage in classes and programs that promote social justice.

By developing critical-thinking skills and examining the relationship between the individual and society, majors gain an in-depth understanding of pressing social problems and develop solutions that address the root causes of these problems. Students work with dedicated faculty who are caring teachers, active researchers, and are committed to social justice and community work. Our students are prepared for careers in a variety of areas including social work, criminal justice, life span services, business and management. Benedictine University provides a combination of theoretical and applied courses so that our sociology majors are well-prepared for graduate-level studies in sociology, social work or law.

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Students in the Sociology program have the opportunities to:

Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the major theoretical frameworks and concepts that distinguish sociology as a discipline.
Gain hands-on experience by completing an off-campus internship pertaining to their particular area of interest.
Identify, analyze, and explain the causes and consequences of social inequality across multiple dimensions.
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Sociology Alumni

Our alumni have gone on to become caseworkers with the State of Illinois, school social workers, in-patient psychiatric aides, medical social workers at Central DuPage Hospital and psych technicians at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health. Sociology alumni have also completed Master of Social Work programs at UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Loyola University Chicago and more.

Well-Rounded Program

The sociology major at Benedictine provides students with a strong sociological foundation, offering a well-rounded selection of courses focused on race, class and gender.

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Social Work Minor

Benedictine offers a minor in social work that couples well with a major in sociology. Our comprehensive selection of classes is designed to prepare students for admission
to highly respected Master of Social Work programs.

Inside-Out Program

Our students benefit from several engaged learning opportunities, including Benedictine’s participation in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Inside-Out courses allow our students to take classes alongside incarcerated students at Sheridan Correctional Center. These courses have been life-changing for students on both sides.

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