Sociology at Viterbo

Sociology involves the study of people and how social change affects them. Sociologists are trained to collect and analyze data, recognize trends and patterns, and use their critical thinking skills to offer explanations to help solve or better understand societal problems.

Sociology majors at Viterbo work with faculty that are professionals in the field to develop strong interpersonal communication skills as they train in the fundamental areas of sociological theory and research. The sociology major has a strong focus on issues of social inequality, fostering an appreciation for human diversity, a sense of global awareness, and a commitment to community service.

With a degree in sociology from Viterbo University, graduates are ready to give their personal and professional insights to enrich other’s lives as well as their own.

Apply or plan a visit today to get started on your education and career in sociology. 

Program Highlights

  • Internships designed to prepare students for careers in their desired professions
  • Design and execute an original research project on a sociological issue
  • Courses have a strong focus on class, race, and gender inequality
  • Annual weekend trip to Chicago to tour various ethnic neighborhoods and observe life in an urban environment
  • Active chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the national sociology honor society


Featured Alumni

Chelsea Bassett

“At Viterbo, I learned that leadership does not just happen because of a title or appointment. The community respect for service and philosophy shaped my perspective on my purpose and on the value of quality work. I became an even stronger advocate for progressive values and social change."

Chelsea Bassett '06  
Project manager
Cornershop Creative

Career Examples

  • Coordinator for independent living
  • Correctional officer
  • Development director
  • Market research analyst
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Social science research assistant
  • Survey researcher
  • Victim advocate

Graduate Schools/Employers of Alumni

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • City of La Crosse
  • Democracy in Action
  • Fort McCoy
  • Ho Chunk Nation
  • New Horizons Shelter
  • North Star Economics
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Western Wisconsin Cares