Applied Sociology

Applied Sociology

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Students who major in applied sociology work toward understanding how people live and work together in times of harmony and in times of discord so they can use that knowledge in a variety of careers. Through classes, internships and volunteer opportunities, you'll learn problem-solving skills that are powerful tools when you're involved in the interactions between individuals, groups, communities and those engaged in global issues. You'll build skills in writing, oral communication, analytical thinking and interpersonal relations that will be tools in any field of work you pursue.

Program Highlights

  • One of four major programs offered: Applied Sociology, Sociology, Interdepartmental Sociology and Elective Studies.
  • Emphasis on sociological approaches to thinking about social change.
  • Internship opportunities are wide and varied and include work in the fields of corrections, market research, advocacy, program administration, human resources and management training.
  • Requests for student research have included a survey of older persons' satisfaction with nutrition programs or needs assessments. A recent intern worked to develop a program on educating the public about Medicare fraud.
  • Select courses are available online.

Program Distinctions

  • Applied Sociology program accredited by Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology with associated internship program cited as a model for others.
  • Faculty engaged in timely, relevant research including immigrant workers in Minnesota, politics and food resources, social inequality and environmental sociology.
  • Annual Global Goes Local Conference originated on campus through the work of sociology professor Stephen Philion, who leads the Faculty Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota.
  • Philion is also founder of the Greater Minnesota Worker Center, an organization of workers, activists and leaders formed to address immigrant workers' issues.
  • Sociology professor Tracey Ore is force behind St. Cloud State Community Garden, which brings together people and the land and builds knowledge about culture, community building, sustainable agriculture and land preservation.

Student Organizations

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • 5 campus lactation stations
  • 1 of 139 schools nationwide earning JedCampus Seal for mental health and suicide prevention
  • Top 1% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking

Popular Careers

  • Sociologist
  • Family Caseworker
  • Child Care/Nonprofit Administrator
  • Clergy/Missionary Worker
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Public Policy/Public Affairs
  • Crisis Intervention