Meet a current student

Anna Avalos ’17
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

Anna has completed internships working with the Latino and Hispanic populations of St. John Methodist Church, Rockford Elementary School and Maryville High School. With Dr. Tricia Bruce, she has conducted research on Latino/Hispanic Catholic parishes and promoted higher education among Latinos through the College’s Villamaría initiative. Largely because of these experiences, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree with a counseling track so that she can focus her work on children or immigrants. “My classes have made me realize that I’m truly doing what I love,” she said. “Professors have inspired me to take on some of the social problems that exist in today’s society. I plan to use these experiences to walk through any doors that will open in my future.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Dr. Adam Pritchard ’03
Currently: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Central Florida

As an MC student, Adam’s eyes were opened to issues of social inequality through sociology courses and volunteer service. Tutoring in the local jail GED program, he met women who told stories about how domestic violence and abuse had contributed to their incarceration and lack of education. After graduating, Adam enrolled at the University of Kentucky where he completed both his master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology. In 2004, he was given the opportunity to begin working on research with the newly founded Center for Research on Violence Against Women at UK, eventually becoming the Center’s full-time research coordinator. “Today I continue to study violence against women issues,” he said. “My work recently came full-circle when my co-authors and I published a study of incarcerated battered women. Working on this article took me back to my experiences volunteering and studying at MC, allowing me to reflect on how the opportunities I had at MC continue to impact my life and career today.”

Job Placements

American Cancer Society
Blount County Schools
Clayton Homes/Vanderbilt Mortgage
Crossroads Church
Ewha American Language Academy
Helen Ross McNabb Center
Henry County Schools
Ridgeview Behavioral Health
Rivermont Presbyterian Church
State of Alaska, Division of Alaska Pioneer Homes
State of Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
SunCoast Blood Bank

Graduate School Placements

Columbia University, Teacher’s College
East Tennessee State University, Criminology, Sociology
Emory University School of Law
Florida Coastal School of Law
Lincoln Memorial University, Education Administration
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Christian Education/Divinity
University of Colorado Denver, Sociology
University of Kentucky, Sociology
University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Social Work
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Department of Plant Sciences

Why study Sociology at MC?

Sociology Program Overview

Sociology is the study of people, society, and social life. Majoring in Sociology means exploring diversity among people, practices, and populations. Thinking like a sociologist means uncovering the taken-for-granted, testing the assumed, and critically exploring social situations.

As a sociology major at Maryville College, you will learn fascinating and challenging things about the world around you including the realities of inequality, social problems, and social change. Classes explore areas such as marriage and family, religion, education, and social movements. Sociology majors graduate with skills in social theory and a variety of scientific methods used to understand people. The sociology major at Maryville College is a welcoming and inclusive major for students of all backgrounds, providing a learning environment in which to better understand your own life circumstances as well as those whose life circumstances may be quite different from your own.

Sociology students will find unique opportunities at Maryville College including service learning, research with professors, and an option for certification in non-profit management. Your chosen senior thesis topic will let you explore any area of sociology under the two-semester mentorship of a sociology faculty member. Here are just a few of the recent senior thesis projects of sociology majors:

  • Organizational Development in Nonprofit Settings: Blount County Habitat for Humanity
  • The Romantic Revolution: A Sociological Study of Online Dating
  • Globalization and the Effects of Cosmetic Surgery on Women in South Korea
  • The Effects of Urban Agriculture on Urban Youth
  • Gender Norm Transmission Through Magazines to Teenage Girls
  • THIS COULD BE YOUR CHURCH: A Study of Church Signs

Maryville College’s Sociology graduates have gone on to a variety of careers. These include human services, criminal justice, sales and marketing, management, research, teaching, community planning, law school, and the Peace Corps. Sociologists work in professional settings with families, children, the elderly, community organizations, businesses, and individuals struggling with addiction or criminal behavior. Through conversations with your advisor, your experience at Maryville College will be custom-tailored to suit your own life goals

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Course Offerings

 The Major in Sociology requires 45/46 credit hours: 33 in sociology and 12/13 credit hours in related areas. Required courses include:

SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (3 hrs.)
SOC 202: Social Problems (3 hrs.)
SOC 351-352: Senior Thesis (6 hrs.)
SOC 401: Social Theory (3 hrs.)
MTH 221: Inferential Statistics (3 hrs.)
SLS 301: Social Sciences Research Methods (3 hrs.)
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)

Nine credit hours chosen from the following list:
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 hrs.)
SOC 221: Social Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 222: Sociology of Appalachian Culture (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)

 

Nine credit hours chosen from the following list:
SOC 305: Organizational Behavior (3 hrs.)
SOC 315: Social Inequality (3 hrs.)
SOC 316: Population (3 hrs.)
SOC 325: Sociology of Religion (3 hrs.)
SOC 326: Social Movements (3 hrs.)
SOC 349: Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology (3 hrs.)

One course selected from the following courses:
ECN 201: Principles of Economics (4 hrs.)
ECN 221: Economic Development (3 hrs.)
PLS 211: Comparative Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 232: Public Policy (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Sociology consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours, including 12 hours above the 100 level. The required course in the major is:

SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (3 hrs.)


Additional hours may be selected from the following courses:

SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family (3 hrs.)
SOC 221: Social Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 222: Sociology of Appalachian Culture (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)
SOC 305: Organizational Behavior (3 hrs.)
SOC 315: Social Inequality (3 hrs.)
SOC 316: Population (3 hrs.)
SOC 325: Sociology of Religion (3 hrs.)
SOC 326: Social Movements (3 hrs.)
SOC 349: Selected Topics in Sociology and Anthropology (3 hrs.)
SOC 401: Social Theory (3 hrs.)
SLS 301: Social Sciences Research Methods (3 hrs.)