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Human interaction and social phenomena

If you're the type of person who likes to observe the crowd, you're already a student of sociology.

Our degree in sociology builds upon that foundation, teaching you to study, understand and answer questions like:

  • How does education affect a person's achievements?
  • What is the relationship between religion and other aspects of social life?
  • Why do people contribute to and get behind political campaigns?
  • How do social constructs determine a person's understanding of their value?

Through the holistic study of behavioral social interactions, our sociology program teaches you to examine economic and political forces, family and community relations, cultural values, race, gender, and the nature of social organization.

At Mount Mercy I fell in love with sociology—the department, the staff, and the classes. They’ve given me a lot of opportunities that I never thought would be offered.

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Apply sociological analysis in real world situations.

The sociology curriculum addresses the educational objectives of students who wish to:

  1. Develop skills in critical thinking and analysis
  2. Learn the ways in which sociological thinking can contribute to one’s active and constructive participation in society
  3. Master scientific principles and methods to analyze and evaluate data in order to understand the social world
  4. Apply sociological theories and methods to social public policy, community development, and social justice initiatives

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

  Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in sociology

Turn your curiosity and passion into a career.

Mount Mercy graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology find work in a variety of professions like medicine, politics, research, teaching, law and more.

Beyond workforce preparation, our sociology program provides the foundation for graduate study and professional programs. A sociology degree gives you the advantage of being able to incorporate a broader perspective, approach new ideas, initiate innovative directions, and use your skills to teach and help others.

Our graduates have found careers as:

  • Domestic violence and crisis case managers and counselors
  • Correctional officers and victim-witness coordinators
  • Job development specialists
  • College admissions and student leadership representatives
  • Attorneys of law