Whether you want to help the most vulnerable in society, explore inequality, conduct social research, or just understand the world a little better, St. Ambrose has a program to help you achieve your goals.

Our graduates work at Generations Area Agency on Aging, Robert Young Center, Illinois Student Assistance Commission and Shorewood (Illinois) Elementary School.

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Our Sociology faculty give you full attention, a comprehensive education, and opportunities you won't find at larger universities. Our graduates are prepared to step into a career or pursue an advanced degree.

See our sociology major fact sheet (pdf)

More Information on the Sociology Program

What will I learn?

You will analyze major social problems including racism and poverty, learn the theories of addiction, perspectives on death and dying, and about environmental justice. Courses include cultural anthropology, self and society, deviant behavior, social organizations, sex and gender, sociology of religion, race and ethnicity, and conflict resolution.

After completing two foundation courses, you can learn about and take part in research. In the third year, you can conduct field research, and some students choose to do an independent study.

Our Sociology curriculum provides a flexible and adaptable liberal arts foundation. This allows you to professionally survive - and understand - our constantly changing world.

What are some of my unique learning opportunities?

We want to help you reach your goals, and if that includes earning a graduate degree, we make it easier and more economical with our BA-MSW program. In five years, you can earn your undergraduate degree and a Master of Social Work.

As early as your freshman year, you can participate in the SAU Undergraduate Summer Research Institute.

Throughout the year, you can attend free community presentations, town hall meetings, and conferences hosted on campus. Many of these events focus on social justice topics and can help expand your learning and professional connections.

What are some potential career opportunities?

Because sociologists address some of the most challenging issues of our time, it is an expanding field and fully open to those who craft policies and create programs. Sociology majors have excellent social research skills that are highly valued by public, private, or nonprofit organizations. You can also apply the sociological perspective in the fields of business, healthcare, criminal justice, social services, and government.

Other career paths include human resources, marketing, and public relations.

Your sociology degree is a strong academic base for advanced degrees in sociology, social work, law, and counseling, which expand your career opportunities.


Nicole Pizzini, Chair and Assoc. Professor

Patrick Archer, Assoc. Professor
Chris Barnum, Professor
Regina Matheson, Professor
Jeffrey McCraw, Visiting Asst. Professor
Waylyn McCulloh, Asst. Professor
Shane Soboroff, Asst. Professor
Grant Tietjen, Asst. Professor

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Tonya Boots '15 is attending Loyola University in Chicago.
  • James Yost '14 is employed at ISACorps, an Illinois state agency outreach group that assists students with as much of the college process as possible. Part of his responsibilities involves giving presentations and mentoring students at high schools throughout the state.
  • Kaitlyn Koniuszy '11, earned her MSW at St. Ambrose University in 2014 and works at Children's Home + Aid in Belleville, Illinois, as an Adoption Preservation Therapist.
  • Spencer Hill '10 is a Product Analyst at Allsteel in Muscatine, Iowa.     

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology (31 credits)

+SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 200 Research Methods in Sociology and Criminal Justice
SOC 301 Sociological Theory
SOC 407 Seminar in Sociology
SOC 430 Data Analysis in Social Research (4 credits)

At least one course from each of the following categories:
Self and Society: SOC 220, 235, 375
Social Organization and Change: SOC 210, 260, 360
Structures or Opportunity and Inequality: SOC 325, 340, 350, 365

An additional six credits of sociology 

Minor in Sociology (15 credits)

+SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

At least one course from each of the following categories:
Self and Society: SOC 220, 235, 375
Social Organization and Change: SOC 210, 260, 360
Structure or Opportunity and Inequality: SOC 325, 340, 350, 365

An additional three credits of sociology
+ = satisfies general education requirement

Click here to read course descriptions for Sociology

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in Sociology. This plan assumes the student has not satisfied the foreign language requirement of taking three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

SOC 101 Intro to Sociology 3 SOC 220, 235, or 375* Or SOC 210, 260, 360* 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 Oral Communication (COMM 129, 132, 230, 228, or 329) 3
Philosophy/Theology 3 Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course* 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
NSS 101 New Student Seminar 1 Math 131 or 171 3
IL 101 Information Literacy 1 KIN 149 Wellness Concepts 1
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 16

Year Two

SOC 220, 235, or 375* Or SOC 210, 260, 360* 3 SOC 325, 340, 350, or 365* 3
SOC 200* 3 SOC 430 (prereq SOC 200) 4
Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course 3 Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course 3
#Humanities 3 Creative Arts 3
Natural Science 3 Philosophy/Theology 3
KIN Activity 1-2
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 16

Year Three

SOC 301 Sociological Theory 3 Sociology elective* 3
Electives/2nd Major/Minor Courses* 9 Electives/2nd Major/Minor Courses* 9
PHIL/THEO 3 #Humanities 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Year Four

Sociology elective* 3 SOC 407 Seminar in Sociology 3
Electives/2nd Major/Minor Courses* 9 Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course* 9
PHIL/THEO 300+ 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

*Needs SOC 101 as prerequisite
# Humanities courses must be from two different departments

Scholarships and Grants


For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Scholarships (2018-19)

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Menke Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation form (pdf) to be completed by your pastor.

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year.

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Institutional Aid

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Criteria: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership
Award: $12,500/year for new transfer students, renewable each year up to eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Out-of-State Grant

Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000/year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000/year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Award

Criteria: accepted diverse student
Award: $1,000/year on-campus; $500/year off-campus

Athletics Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability
Marching band scholarships also available
Award varies

Fine Arts Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability in art, music, theatre
Audition or portfolio required
Award varies

Dual Admission Scholarship

Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $5,920 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study Award

Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant

Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: 5,650

Carver Scholarship

Criteria: Iowa resident and entering junior, visit for eligibility details, deadline April 1.
Award: $7,600 maximum

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

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Nicole Pizzini, PhD, Chairperson

Criminal Justice and Sociology
McMullen Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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