Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Sociology

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive, P.O. Box 32B
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-520-7400 (ph) 504-520-7952 (fax)

Amy Bellone Hite, PhD
Associate Professor and Head


What is sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of social behavior. Sociologists use the scientific method combined with critical analysis to discover and explain things that are otherwise hidden.

Why Major In sociology?

Are you fascinated by society? Do you wonder why society is the way it is? Are you hoping to help change the world? Then sociology is the major for you! You can learn about diverse issues, groups, and social behavior while developing practical, marketable skills such as:

  • superior communication skills (written and oral)
  • quantitative reasoning
  • critical thinking
  • teamwork and problem solving
  • data collection (surveys, interviews, etc.) and analysis (transforming information into knowledge)

What can I do with a DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY?

Sociology majors have enormous flexibility in work and graduate school options. They are prepared for entry-level positions in:

  • research,
  • counseling, social services,
  • juvenile justice, criminal justice, courts, law enforcement,
  • community organizing, political campaigns,
  • coaching, teaching, or public service.

Sociology is an excellent major for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in:

  • social work and counseling,
  • public health,
  • criminal justice and law,
  • education,
  • public administration,
  • journalism, business, or urban planning.


Top 10 Reasons to major in SOCIOLOGY AT XAVIER:

  1. Train to further Xavier’s mission to create a more just and humane society.
  2. Develop skills applicable to our global, rapidly changing world.
  3. Master thinking and communication skills appropriate for innumerable career and graduate/professional school options.
  4. Understand the diverse groups that make up the world in which you live, work, and lead.
  5. Service learning that links class to school and community-based projects.
  6. Engage real-world contexts through an internship or independent research project.
  7. Publish or present your own research or collaborate with faculty on research projects.
  8. Faculty members committed to a “hands on,” highly individualized approach to learning.
  9. Flexible, limited curriculum allows for double majoring, studying abroad, or double-minoring.
  10. Success after graduation. Over 60 percent of our graduates complete graduate or professional degrees. Graduates pursuing Ph.D.s in sociology have all received full fellowships for graduate study.