Human interaction is a mosaic of behavioral, physiological and environmental patterns. The things we talk about with others, the choices we make, the lifestyles we live, the institutions we create — all are shaped by the cultures and societies in which we live. The sociology major constructs ways for us to understand the dynamics and complexities of human interaction and social arrangements.

Study with eminent sociologists.

As a sociology major, you'll learn from world-renowned experts in social problems, family, conflict and troubles, and social interaction. Our faculty have published more than four dozen books on these subjects.


The department offers an internship program for sociology seniors, providing you with a wealth of opportunities to put your sociology major into action with social agencies throughout the city.

Sociological scope.

Broaden your horizons with courses in Sport and Society; Social Inequality; Culture, Health and Illness; Sex and Gender; Social Problems; Self, Language and Social Interaction; and the Social Reality of Crime and Justice.

The urban laboratory.

Marquette’s setting in the heart of a big city provides a cultural laboratory of human experience for our sociology majors. Link your sociology classroom experience with meaningful community service through Marquette’s Service Learning Program. Opportunities include serving at neighborhood organizations while learning about the history and challenges of neighborhoods; tutoring children and providing other services for the homeless while examining the roots of poverty in the United States; or serving hospice patients while learning about families in crisis.

Some of the classes you'll take:

  • Principles of Sociology
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociological Theory
  • Methods of Social Research
  • Immigrants and their Communities
  • Arabs and Muslims in Global Context
  • Language and Culture
  • Family Violence and Public Intervention

For a complete listing of required courses for the program in sociology, please visit the Marquette University Online Bulletin at this link.