Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree offered at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
BACHELOR OF ARTS SOCIOLOGY SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES Our Lady of the Lake University’s (OLLU) Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is an innovative program with emphasis on quantitative demographic information—studying people and the community around them. The degree is offered through the School of Professional Studies and provides fundamental knowledge and problem-solving skills for those who wish to learn the practice of sociology. This program makes students more competitive for entrance into top graduate studies programs that require proficiency in research, particularly, quantitative research methods, or for careers in a variety of industries. Sociologists study the behavior and interactions of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members. By focusing activities on health, immigrant issues, demographic patterns, social science and social services, the program provides students with a wealth of knowledge and skills they can take into their careers. OLLU’s sociology program also makes students more competitive in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields by teaching them to think critically, identify ethical issues in research, evaluate different research methods and interpret the results of data gathering, among other skills. Recent changes in the requirements for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) call for more training in sociology and other social sciences. Specifically, the emphasis calls for courses in sociology that can prepare medical students to understand the contextual influences on health-related behaviors, also known as “the social determinant model.” This model has been taught in the OLLU sociology curriculum for years. It is also the model faculty use in their research and work in the community. A sociology minor is also available and is a great fit for students studying biology, social work and psychology. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OLLU’s sociology program is unique because of its curriculum, which emphasizes practice and experiential learning. Students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom in innovative ways, such as, examinations of film, art and poetry; kinesthetic exercises; and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Students also participate in Applied Research Internship, Sociological Practice and Sociological Practicum courses where they are paired up with research projects and organizations that are related to healthcare, education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and business. These practice opportunities give students invaluable experience they can carry into the job market. FACULTY The Sociology Department faculty is comprised of a diverse group who are nationally recognized and committed to educational excellence. Students learn from professors who are practicing sociologists and continue to conduct research regularly. Faculty expertise ranges from migration and immigration policy to public health and sociology of health. Their connection to the community further enhances the opportunities for students to work with their professors on research projects. OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS 411 S.W. 24th Street • San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689 210-431-3961 or 1-800-436-6558 firstname.lastname@example.org Apply online at www.ollusa.edu/apply CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Career choices are diverse for those who study sociology due to the breadth of study involved in obtaining their degree. Graduates holding a degree in sociology often find employment as researchers, consultants or administrators for federal, state and local governments. A sociologist may also find employment in the private sector, with educational institutions and businesses. The following are examples of job titles held by sociology majors (by industry). Some job titles do require an advanced degree. THE UNIVERSITY Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, is a coeducational liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. A multicampus, regional university, OLLU has campuses in San Antonio, The Woodlands (Houston) and the Rio Grande Valley. The University offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and minors, more than 14 master’s degree programs and two doctoral degree programs. Academic degree programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Leadership, the School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service. OLLU incorporates a technologyrich curriculum in all areas of study, and provides access to a wide variety of high-tech resources. Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS Overall employment of sociologists is expected to grow 15 percent from 2012-2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of sociologists will be driven by the need for sociological research to further understand society and human social interactions. Social, political and business organizations will continue to use sociologists to research, evaluate and address many different social issues, programs and problems. Sociologists possess broad training and education in analytical, methodological, conceptual, and quantitative and qualitative analysis and research, so their skills can be applied to many different occupations. WHERE OLLU SOCIOLOGY MAJORS GO: OLLU’s sociology majors have experienced great success in their career endeavors after graduation. Take a look at some of the jobs that OLLU sociology majors have obtained: • Executive Director of Building San Antonio Green • Grant Writer for St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York • Assistant Program Coordinator at St. Mary’s Community Family Resources and Learning Center (San Antonio) • Corporate Relations Officer at OLLU • Sociology Professor at San Antonio College • Energy Savers Program Manager at CPS Energy (San Antonio) Community Affairs: • Community Development Manager • Hospital Administrator or Coordinator • Community Organizer • Youth Advocate Research: • Demographer/Population Analyst • Social Research Specialist • Census Officer/Analyst • Survey Researcher Government: • Community Affairs Officer • Human Rights Officer • Public Health Service Worker • Environmental Planner and Researcher Education: • Academic Evaluator • Public Health Educator • Librarian • Professor Business: • Market Analyst • Computer Analyst • Labor Relations Officer • Human Resource Manager FOR ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION CONTACT: Renelinda Arana, PhD Assistant Professor and Program Director of Sociology 210-434-6711, ext. 8151 email@example.com Apply online at www.ollusa.edu/apply Feb. 2014