Frequently Asked Questions
What courses are required to complete the program?
Required core courses for major: SOC 101, SOC 235, SOC 290, SOC 301, SOC 305, SOC 323, and SOC 410; PLUS choose three courses (nine credits) from the following:
ANTH 215; ANTH 325; CJS 100; SOC 202; SOC 306; SOC 341; SOC 410; SOC 419; SOC 444/445
Required related courses: MATH 205. Sociology majors must also complete six credits of a foreign language or satisfy the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts foreign language proficiency requirement.
to twenty-one additional elective Sociology, Anthropology, or Geography hours may be taken.
*Note: SOC 341 is a special topics course and may be taken multiple times as long as the topics are different.
Required core courses for minor: SOC 101, SOC 290, SOC 301, SOC 410, and six additional credit hours from other offerings in Sociology, Anthropology, or Geography.
What employment opportunities are available with a sociology degree?
The Sociology Program provides students with practical and marketable skills for a competitive and ever-changing job market. Our students develop critical thinking
and analytical problem-solving skills, as well as an ability to communicate complex ideas in writing and oral presentations. Our graduates are also versed in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. As a result, there is tremendous variety
in the kinds of careers students pursue after graduation. Graduates with a sociology degree can find employment in the following areas: the business sector; community services; higher education; law; health services; and local, state, or federal social
services. Below is a sample of career paths sociology graduates may pursue based on their individual skills and interests:
- Consumer and Marketing Research
- Public Relations
- Human Resources (personnel management)
- Non-Profit Agencies
- Survey Research
- Urban Planning
- Community Development
- Policy Analyst
- Group Advocacy (e.g. patient or victim advocacy)
- University Recruitment, Admissions, or Advising
- University Student Affairs
- Law Enforcement
- Criminal Justice
- Judicial Affairs
- Probation and Parole Administration
In addition, many students complete a bachelor’s degree in sociology before pursuing a graduate degree in sociology, social work, law, criminal justice, or other related fields.
Do you provide job or internship placement?
Yes. Bellarmine guarantees every student the opportunity to have an internship, develop a career plan and build a professional network. The following are a few of the organizations that
have provided part-time internship positions for Bellarmine Sociology students:
- The Family Place
- The Center for Women and Families
- The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
- The State Data Center
- United Way
- Dare to Care
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- The Spouse Abuse Center
- Child Protective Services
- Dismas halfway houses
- The Louisville Police’s Child Abuse and Exploitation Unit
- Kentucky State Reformatory
- The Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole
- The Public Defender’s Office
- The FBI
Is financial aid available?
Please go to Bellarmine’s financial aid website for detailed information on financial
aid packages. Additionally, students can work with our Faculty Development Center to apply for grants and awards outside of the Bellarmine offerings.
How many hours can I expect to spend studying outside of class time?
Each student has their own learning style so this can vary greatly. As a rule of thumb, expect to spend an average of two hours studying for every hour you spend