Sociology-Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Community Health is a unique program that prepares graduates for a career in community health in a number of areas, including community-based organizations that provide healthcare. metro and county health departments, and community benefits initiatives for hospitals. The program emphasizes population-based health in the program curriculum.

The Sociology graduate program will allow students to determine if they want to pursue a concentration in Psychology or Healthcare Management. The Psychology option might be for a student interested in program development and evaluation. The Healthcare Management option might be for the student interested in program management or administration at an organizational level, such as a community-based organization or community benefits initiative at a hospital.

The program consists of online and face-to-face classes. The blended format is perfect for working students since it allows for face-to-face interaction with professors even though not all classes meet in the traditional classroom setting.

Sociology degree plan and course descriptions

Community Engagement

OLLU's Sociology program is unique because of its curriculum, which emphasizes practice and experiential learning. Community engagement is woven throughout the program and culminates in the "Sociology Practice" course. The course allows students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.


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 the sociology of health. Faculty members are well connected with the community, further enhancing the opportunities for students to work with professors on research projects. Possible project opportunities include working with the Bexar County Health Collaborative or the DALE! Project. As part of the collaborative, students will work with a network of citizens, community organizations or businesses to conduct a health needs assessment with an interest in improving the health status of the community. The DALE! Project, a federally funded project, aims to prevent and reduce the onset of substance use and HIV infection. View Sociology faculty members.


Contact Us

Renelinda Arana, PhD
Assistant Professor
210-434-6711, ext. 8151