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Why Study Sociology at Madonna University?

  • One of the only Applied Sociology Programs in the State of Michigan
  • You not only gain the academic knowledge required by employers, you also learn how to apply that knowledge in the workplace
  • Participation in internships and research projects gives Madonna sociology grads an advantage in the job market
  • Small class sizes mean you will receive more personal instruction
  • Our professors bring real-world experience into the classroom

Sociology at Madonna involves the study of social change, social life, diverse communities, and their interactions. Students will learn to use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. A sociology degree will equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in making sense of the ever-changing social world such as communication, collaboration, analytical problem solving, multicultural understanding, effective writing, and research. You will develop a foundation of greater understanding of our globalized society, so as to contribute solutions to social problems.

For students planning to train in closely related fields, such as social work, psychology, marketing, sign language studies, criminal justice, social services, counseling or personnel, Madonna’s sociology course work, in research methods, sociological theory, and other substantive areas, will provide a solid foundation for admission to graduate school.

CareersGrad SchoolEmployers of Alumni
Social Services Brewery Park, Counseling and Mental Health, Detroit, MI Wayne State University
Community Service SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. Madonna University
Marketing WABCO Communication Lawrence Technological Institute
Management Federal Express Michigan State University
Education Wyandotte Public Schools University of Rochester, New York
Research Research Coordinator University of Michigan
Alicia Stewart

Alicia Stewart (Marchese) '08
Alicia started her educational career at Madonna University (MU). As a Sociology Major, she worked with students and faculty of the Sociology Department, the MU Office of Service Learning and Bridging Communities, Inc. of Detroit on collaborative research assessing the perceived needs of the elderly community in Southwest Detroit resulting in the report - "Southwest Detroit: A Collaborative Study of Madonna University's Department of Sociology, Office of Service Learning and Bridging Communities Inc. of Detroit" which was presented at the 2008 annual American Sociological Association Conference in Boston. Upon graduation, Alicia held a civilian position as a Management Analyst for the United States Army where she was presented the Wings of Excellence Award (given to only 10 people per year) for exemplary ethics, integrity, responsibility, morals, and reliability. She went on to obtain her MBA from Lawrence Technological University and subsequently lived abroad in Scotland with her husband and first child for two years before returning to Michigan where she began working for WABCO (a company that focuses on safety, technology and efficiency in commercial vehicles) in Marketing and Communications where she is currently employed.

"Madonna played a pivotal role in a time of my life when I was just entering my 20s with very little life experience beyond high school. The professors at MU in general and the Sociology Department specifically, enabled me to gain a more well-rounded understanding of society and the impact even one person can have on those less fortunate. My education allowed me to receive the "Wings of Excellence" Award presented to me from a Two-Star General – something I will never forget!"

Kelly Kennedy

Kelly Kennedy '12
Kelly started her educational career at Madonna University. As a double major in Sign Language and Sociology, she became very involved on campus, and learned that the college environment was a place she wanted to stay. She went on to earn her Master's degree from Eastern Michigan University in Higher Education Student Affairs in 2014. During that time, she simultaneously worked as a Hall Director and decided to do a national job search when she was complete. The search landed her in a position as a Resident Director at the University of Rochester. She continues her education as is currently enrolled in a doctoral program for Higher Education.

During her time at Madonna, she was awarded for her involvement on campus. She received a Heart and Soul award from Michigan Campus Compact; an award given to those who commit themselves to service. She was named a First Year Student of Distinction, and received a grant for her research project in her Sociology program.

"Madonna University gave me a lot of opportunities for high impact learning opportunities. Research shows the higher impact opportunities a student has, the more likely she is to succeed. The University 1010 class, alternative spring break trips, and capstone classes all prepared me for success in career. Doing one on one research with the chair of the Sociology department made all the difference, and put me ahead of my peers. This type of care and individual attention could only come from a small school where each student is valued."

Kathryn White

Kathryn White '14
Kathryn came to Madonna University as a first-generation transfer student after taking a break from her education. While at MU, Kathryn excelled in her studies while still working full-time and ultimately completed her internship with Capuchin Soup Kitchen. She was also the recipient of a Title III Grant for Student-Faculty Scholarship and Research and presented the results of her study "Health Impacts of Food Deserts on Low-Income Communities" at the Annual Madonna University Research Symposium. She graduated with Chi Alpha Epsilon honors. After graduation, she was promoted to Clinic Research Coordinator in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan.

"Madonna has given me the opportunity to advance in my career. It was amazing how much the knowledge of research I gained from my classes prepared me for my certifications which ultimately led to my promotion. What I love most about Madonna, is when you felt like giving up and things become hard, they would push you to go further. I have never met professors that care about your success as the ones I have encountered at Madonna University. My daughter will be applying to Madonna soon. I told her 'no matter what's your Major, please take one Sociology class. It will change your life.'"

Shera Williamson

Shera Williamson '16
Shera is currently completing her internship at Alpena Regional Medical Center where she is working with mental health counselors in the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric units focusing on the treatment of children with mental health challenges. Internships for undergraduate students in this type of a setting are difficult to obtain, and Shera is thrilled to have this opportunity as her goal is to work with children facing the mental health challenges. Shera will be graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in May of 2016.

"I am so excited about this opportunity; I am really looking forward to the child play therapy sessions!"