What is Sociology? What Makes Groups Tick?
Our Lady of the Lake University's Bachelor of Arts degree 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.

The sociology program also makes students more competitive in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields by teaching the 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 know n 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.


Contact Us
Renelinda Arana, PhD
Assistant Professor and Program Director of Sociology
210-434-6711, ext. 8151

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.



Student Projects:  The sociology faculty uses technology, debates, physical activities and more to engage students and the result is innovative student-produced creations. Click here to see some of these projects.

Where our graduates are...

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