Sociology & Social Justice

A successful career in the field of Sociology and Social Justice begins with a firm grounding in a liberal arts education. At the University of Saint Francis, core curriculum for the Sociology and Social Justice program focuses on diverse areas of study, including sociological theory, research methods, class, race, religion, the environment, gender, crime and justice.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Justice

The Sociology and Social Justice program’s core focuses on theory, research, and the study of class, race and ethnicity, religion, gender, social justice, and the environment. In addition to core courses within the major, students select courses in Community Studies, Culture, and Identity. A generous allowance of electives permits students to pursue a second major or multiple minors.  For more information about the program, please visit our Program Information page.

Career Diversity

Graduates enter graduate school or careers that effect positive change in the wider community. Many gain employment with governmental agencies, corporations, or non-profit organizations in various capacities of social justice, diversity, and community building.  Others use their academic background Sociology and Social Justice to explore diverse career and life options.  You may recognize some of the people below — but did you know that they began their careers in Sociology and/or Social Justice?


Robin Williams.  Photo Credit: ABC News.

Robin Williams studied at Claremont Men’s College in Claremont, California, and made an indelible mark on the world and multiple generations with his inimitable humor and improvisation.  Williams starred in a multitude of films, including Dead Poet’s Society (1989), Hook (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumani (1995), Good Will Hunting (1997), Patch Adams (1998), and Night at the Museum and its two sequels (2006, 2009, 2014).  In his words, “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change this world.”

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 31:  Wide receiver Ahmad Rashad #28 of the Minnesota Vikings holds a tub of stickum on the sideline against the Los Angeles Rams during the 1978 NFC Divisional Playoff Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California on December 31, 1978.  The Rams defeated the Vikings 34-10. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Ahmad Rashad.  Photo Credit: AP Photo/NFL Photos.

Ahmad Rashād, also known as Bobby Moore, studied at University of Oregon and was the fourth overall selection of the 1972 NFL Draft.  A wide receiver, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1972-1974, Buffalo Bills (1974), and the Minnesota Vikings (1976-1982).  During his time with the Vikings, Rashād was selected to the Pro Bowl four times.  After retiring from the NFL, Rashād went on to a successful TV career, including sportscasting for NBC Sports.


Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Photo Credit: World Economic Forum.

Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick was the Archbishop of Washington from 2001 to 2006 and was Created Cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.  Cardinal McCarrick earned a Master in Social Sciences and a Doctorate in Sociology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Cardinal McCarrick resigned in 2006 and serves as a Counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Contact Us

For more information about the Sociology and Social Justice program, please contact the Program Director, Dr. David Mullins, at 260.399.7700, ext. 8133.

For general information about USF, or to schedule a visit, contact the Office of Admissions.