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This book examines the entrepreneurial class in the post-communist Poland from a broad historical perspective, documenting the persistent endurance and the development of this class during radical social change from a controlled economy to a market economy.


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Nia Brade

Nia Brade was appointed to serve on the Maryland Youth Advisory Council.


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Helen Daugherty

An ideal introduction to the study of population, this highly accessible textbook outlines the fundamental concepts and measurement techniques of demography.


Sociology Major

The Sociology major is concerned with culture, social structure, social processes, social interaction, and social change. Many courses focus on important social issues, including gender, race, ethnicity and inequality. A degree in sociology prepares students for a wide range of careers in educational institutions, private industry, and government, as well as further, postgraduate study in the discipline. Recent graduates are enrolled in graduate programs in sociology, public health, criminal justice, urban planning, and social work and are employed as social science research assoiciates, lawyers, health professionals, politians, teachers, and managers. 

Degree Requirements for the Major

View a list of the Sociology courses here


To earn a bachelor of arts degree with a major in sociology, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

1. General College Requirements (see "Curriculum" section), including the following requirements to satisfy the major:

2. Thirty-six semester-hours of coursework carrying sociology credit and distributed as follows:

a. Required Courses (16 semester hours): SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology, SOCI 201 Social Statistics, SOCI 260 Sociological Theory, SOCI 385 Research Methods
b. Twenty additional semester hours of coursework designated SOCI.

3. In their senior year, majors may elect to complete 8 semester-hours of a St. Mary's Project (SOCI 493 and 494), or complete the Sociology Senior Seminar (SOCI 490) and one additional 4 semester-hour course in sociology at the 300 or 400 level.

4. The 44 semester-hours of major requirements may include field experience and independent study as approved by the department chair.

5. All courses counting toward a major in sociology must have a grade of at least C-.
All students majoring in sociology shall plan an individual program with their adviser to arrive at a combination of courses that will meet the requirements for the major and as well as satisfying their goals and interests. The sociology faculty strongly recommends that students choose an adviser from among the sociology faculty by the beginning of their junior year.

The following schedule is suggested as a model for satisfying the requirements of the sociology major:

First Year: SOCI 101; one additional sociology course

Second Year: SOCI 201, SOCI 260; one additional sociology course

Junior Year: SOCI 385; three additional sociology courses

Senior Year: St. Mary's Project or SOCI 490 Senior Seminar and one sociology course (300 or 400 level)

To see a description of Sociology classes offered click here.

Degree Requirements for the Minor

Degree Requirements for the Minor

To earn a minor in Sociology, a student must satisfy the following requirements.

1. General College requirements (see "Curriculum" sections).

2. At least 20 semester-hours in sociology as specified under the required and elective courses.

  • Required core course (4 semester-hours): SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
  • Elective courses (16 semester-hours) in sociology, 12 of which must be taken at the 300-400 level.

3. A grade of C- or better must be received in each course of the minor and the cumulative grade-point average of courses used to satisfy the minor must be at least 2.0.