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Majors & Degrees


The curriculum explores sociology as the scientific study of human behavior. Students investigate the ways that human behavior is influenced by culture and social environment, integrating relevant theory and contemporary research.

The MC Experience

In the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Mississippi College, we approach our discipline from a unique Christian perspective. We are dedicated to nurturing the human dignity of every individual, and fighting for the principles of equality, justice, and freedom. We encourage students to examine their own values, their relationship to their social environment, and their role in the community, from a global perspective that is inspired by faith.

How You’ll Learn

Small classes mean students receive more one-on-one attention and build strong mentoring relationships with instructors, leading to better learning in the classroom.

What You’ll Do

Participate in Pi Gamma Mu, the national honor society that seeks to improve scholarship in the social studies and achieve synthesis between its various disciplines. Join Sociology Club, our student organization for sociology majors and minors.

B.A./B.S. in Sociology

Requirements include 18 semester hours of core classes in sociology, along with 12 semester hours in sociology electives.

Three-Three Law/Sociology Program

Pre-law students with high test scores and excellent grades may enter the Three-Three Program, which positions qualified applicants for early admission to Mississippi College Law School. Coursework in law and government, constitutional development, and legal research is included in the curriculum.

Students walking on campus

As a Sociology major, you’ll take courses in topics such as:

  • Social science research methods
  • Personality, culture, and socialization
  • Social organization
  • Death and dying
  • Contemporary social problems

Our graduates are employed within a variety of agencies and organizations: Bannum Place of Jackson, Baptist Children’s Village, Boswell Regional Clinic, CARES Behavioral Health System, Compass Intervention Center, Department of Public Welfare, Gilmore Memorial Hospital, Haven House Family Shelter, Hinds Community College, LIFT, Inc, Mercy Ministries of America, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi Department of Human Services, Mississippi State Hospital, River Region Health System, Southeast Louisiana Hospital, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Veteran Affairs, Warren-Yazoo Mental Health and others.

Students talking outside class

The Sociology and Social Work Department ranks in the top 10 percent nationally in the proportion of its graduates completing doctoral degrees.  Alumni currently hold faculty positions at

  • Baylor University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The University of Miami
  • Wake Forest University