Sociology explores how people interact with each other and how their behavior is shaped within the aspects of society such as communities, age, race, politics and religion. Although we are individuals, we are also social beings whose interaction with others shapes our life experiences, behaviors, attitudes and opportunities. By studying sociology, a student sharpens critical thinking skills, understand different points of view and see the world through distinct perspectives.

As a field of study, sociology is applicable to a diverse range of career paths, whether it involve graduate studies and careers within corporations, social service agencies, educational institutions, government agencies, human services, health care, criminal justice or self-employment. The study of sociology serves to enhance self esteem, quality of life, and interpersonal relationships of individual students.

The following courses at University of Detroit Mercy provide a foundation, awareness and insight into the broader world in which we live:



SOC 1000: Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

SOC 1000 is a survey course which focuses upon interpersonal and group behavior in the contemporary world within the areas of:

  • sociology's history
  • theories and concepts
  • methods, and
  • research findings

SOC 2100: Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

SOC 2100 examines the nature of human adaptive systems as well as culture and its various aspects, including social organization, technology, economics, religions and language as these are seen among selected cultures throughout the world.

The course also studies distinctive theoretical approaches and problems of cultural change.