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The B.A. in Sociocultural Studies merges the fields of anthropology and sociology to give students a holistic look at human social and cultural life. We’ve designed the program so students can specialize within a emphasis of their choice.

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Global and Urban Missions

Why should I study global and urban missions?

Students who major in Sociocultural Studies, with an emphasis in Global and Urban Missions are those who seek to become world Christians and live and work in cross cultural and urban settings in the United States and world. In this major, students learn about a wide range of cultures and societies and develop useful skills for community settings, mission and nongovernmental agencies, and corporations and businesses.

What can I do with this degree?

There are many pathways that students have taken with this major. This has included employment is settings as diverse as working with refugees in Kenya, acting as an anthropological consultant with missions agencies in a Southeast Asian country, mentoring at-risk children in Minneapolis, and working as an Human Resources specialist dealing with diverse work forces in an American corporation.

Besides employment, the major also prepares student well for further studies. Examples are graduate work in sociology or anthropology, professional degrees in social work, urban planning, or health administration, or fields such as law, epidemiology, or film studies. The research skills, exposure to social theory, and international experience have been found to make graduates very attractive to both potential employers or graduate and professional schools.

What skills will I develop?

In this major, you’ll develop the skills to live and work effectively in highly diverse settings. You’ll develop competencies such as:

  • Research methods
  • Community collaboration
  • Social and cultural analysis
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Students who choose this major typically study abroad for a semester or interim in places as diverse as India, Guatemala, the Netherlands, Kenya, Tanzania, and more. They also learn through hands-on experiences in communities and neighborhoods in the culturally diverse Twin Cities metropolitan area, which provide the best “textbook” for learning about different cultures and societies. 

Also, you’ll have the opportunity to do strong internships in your junior or senior years, learn useful research skills in two required research classes, and have many opportunities to work with communities and organizations in the Twin Cities area. In addition, you will have the chance to submit your best research for publication in journals or present your work at professional conferences.


Why should I study sociology?

If you are fascinated by human interaction and what is going on in the world, then sociology should interest you.

What can I do with this degree?

There are five major categories of the labor force where individuals with sociological training find employment in addition to business category. They include:

  • Education, including teaching, educational research, and administration
  • Human services, including social work, counseling, recreation, community work, public administration, and environmental planning
  • Criminal justice, including police service, juvenile and adult corrections, and service to the courts
  • Communication, including library work, information management, journalism, and public relations
  • Research and data management, including public and private research positions, programming, and systems analyses

All of the above are in one way or another people-oriented activities. Some represent fields where knowledge of sociology plus another field such as journalism or economics provides an especially strong background.

What skills will I develop?

Sociology students learn to understand and make sense of social relationships. They begin to understand how organizations and power structures work, and learn to create, interpret, and manipulate data sets that describe various social processes. As a sociology major, you’ll develop skills in:

  • Research methods
  • Interviewing skills
  • Data management and analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • Social survey techniques
  • Report writing

The sociological skills gained by this major are highly valued by employers.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Studying abroad
  • Presenting papers at professional conferences under the supervision of a faculty member
  • Internships
  • Social activities with professors to get to know them personally outside the classroom
  • Student clubs on campus, especially those that focus on diversity issues

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