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Sociology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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What Is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of the processes and structures that shape social life. Sociologists are interested in social interaction and relationships as well as groups and institutions. We use a variety of methods to investigate the social world, including conducting large surveys, interviewing individuals, examining texts and historical documents, and observing interactions between individuals and groups. Through these methods, sociologists provide critical insights about social reality and the human condition.

Graduates of the Sociology program of Loyola Marymount University have gone on to careers in social work, community service, communications, project management, mental and public health, and corporate development, among others. The major also prepares students for graduate studies in law, social services, criminal justice, business, health sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

What Do Sociology Majors Do?

Sociology majors take a core set of courses in research methods and sociological theory. Majors supplement these courses with elective sociology courses in the following areas:

  • Social Organizations, Institutions, and Groups
  • Power and Inequality
  • Social Processes and Change

Through these courses, majors learn about the foundations of the discipline and its development over the course of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. They also build methodological, analytical, and writing skills and are exposed to cutting-edge research from a variety of subfields in the discipline.

Is This Major Right For You?

If you are interested in people, how we interact and organize ourselves, then sociology might be the right major for you.

Our goal is for students to be transformed by their classroom experiences, the books and articles they read, internships and community services they perform, the research they conduct, the papers they write, and the different perspectives and worlds they experience and explore. We help our students to become more aware of perspectives and experiences of diverse individuals and groups, as well as the policy initiatives that could bring about positive changes in people’s lives and contribute to a more just and equitable society. Sociology students gain a greater appreciation for the local, global, and transnational communities in which they live and also for the ability to evaluate information and evidence. In addition, students gain competency in using information, interpreting ideas, and expressing themselves in the classroom, in writing, and in public presentations.

About Our Faculty

Our faculty are respected scholars and committed teachers. We conduct research in a variety of areas including social movements, globalization, immigration, race and ethnicity, gender and intersectionality, media and society, deviance, law, stratification, urban social life, the life course, aging, the environment, health and medicine, and religion and society.

Members of our faculty are active professionals in the discipline, serving on editorial boards of sociological journals, holding positions on the governing boards of national and regional sociological societies, receiving prestigious grants and fellowships, and authoring award-winning books and articles.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sociology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Deviant Behavior

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application and LMU Supplement
  • International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU
  • Provide Proof of English Proficiency
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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