Creation stewardship on one side; higher demands for resources, raging conflicts, bursting population, and economic inequality on the other. Trinity’s sociology program helps students develop a Christian perspective on the nature of individuals and human relationships and on society in general. You can gain a clear understanding of the Christian’s task to engage in social situations and respond to social problems. Sociology prepares students for a variety of pursuits after graduation, such as: law, a career at a social agency, the justice system, law enforcement, international analysis and relations, or graduate school toward research and teaching.
The sociology major emphasizes the importance of society and the ability to make an impact on that society. Each sociology student must engage in a summation and reflection of the discipline in a capstone experience, as part of the senior seminar. We also provide a semester-long field education and internship, in which you will work off-campus two days a week. Back on campus, a professor helps you research and analyze the internship in relation to sociology, people you encounter, and your vocation.
As a student of sociology, you will be encouraged to critique society and understand the social dimensions of life in response to created reality. Throughout your course of study, you learn to examine major perspectives and theories of society, and discuss ways to advance and inform social action. Classes provide forums to question how people in society affirm or deny God’s creational norms. At Trinity, you work closely with faculty to design an internship using the department’s resources and contacts. Or, you may choose to live, work, and study in downtown Chicago for a semester. The Chicago Semester immerses you in an urban context and offers close coordination with a supervisor on the job, guidance from the Chicago Semester staff, and interaction with other interns and professors in weekly seminars.
Some sociology graduates pursue careers as health and neighborhood service workers, researchers, and planners. Some get involved in public assistance, child care cases, and consultations. Others enter federal, state, or local government as parole, probation, or police officers, juvenile counselors or youth workers. Still others are public policy analysts. Many decide to dedicate their lives to Christian missions or development at the urban, rural, foreign, or domestic levels.
The sociology program helps students develop a Christian perspective on the nature of humans, relationships, and institutions. Such a perspective aids in a clearer understanding of engagement in social situations and in response to social issues. The department seeks to enable critical awareness of diverse relations, patterns, and social structures. Its program adheres to the principle that this is God’s world, that human evil is at the root of social problems, and that Christ’s redemption underlies the possibility for social and personal restoration.
The sociology major is designed to prepare students for a variety of pursuits after graduation, such as graduate work, social and sociological research, and vocations in social institutions, groups, and relationships.