Sociology Program

The Sociology Program emphasizes a combination of rigorous classroom preparation in sociological theory/ research with hands-on experience in the real world. Numerous sociology students have presented scholarly papers at undergraduate research conferences around the mid-west. The Department also embraces a strong social justice philosophy and encourages student activism to bring about a more just and humane world as envisioned by Catholic social teaching.

Hands on Experience Opportunities

  • A Police Ride-along: Students ride with a Louisville or Jefferson County police officer for an 8-hour shift. A great way to study crime and law enforcement as well as to get a real experience of a multicultural city.
  • Internships: Internships for three hours credit are offered in numerous criminal justice placements, including Dismas half-way houses, Kentucky State Reformatory, the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole, the Public Defenders Office, The F.B.I., and the Louisville Police’s Child Abuse and Exploitation unit. 
  • United Way, Dare to Care, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Family Place, The Spouse Abuse center, the State Data Center, and numerous other local agencies.

Graduates of Bellarmine’s sociology program have successful careers in corrections, police work including the F.B.I. and other law enforcement agencies, administrative or research positions in various social agencies, private sector business enterprises such as marketing and sales, and counseling positions for adult and juvenile offenders. Graduates also go on to do graduate work in sociology, social work, and related disciplines or enter law school.

Careers in Sociology


Pamela Cartor, Ph.D., Chair (website) (email)
Kelley Harris, M.A.
Frank Hutchins, Ph.D.
Marylee James, Ph.D.
Heather Pruss, Ph.D.

Faculty Profiles

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Contact Us

Sociology Department
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205