Loyola University Maryland

Department of Sociology

Dr. Vann's Book   Dr. Peyrot's Book   Dr. Konradi's Book Taking the Stand     Dr. Gawerc's book      Dr. Hendrick's book  Dr. Peyrot's book

An undergraduate sociology major provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class that affect work and how organizations operate. Developing a sociological perspective is advantageous for working in today's multiethnic and multinational business environment. Thus, a degree in sociology is an excellent springboard for entering the world of business, industry, and nonprofit organizations. Our majors can be found working in fields including law, business, medicine, teaching, government, non-profit organizations, and social work. 

As a major, you will learn to apply basic sociological research techniques and skills. The department offers student internships and research opportunities through yearly sociology and social work practicum experiences; thus, you will have a chance to apply your learning and test out a field that interests you with professional guidance. Recent internships include placement with the court system, social service agencies, rehabilitation organizations, and other local non-profits, which our graduates have found useful in a variety of career tracks.

A distinct benefit of a degree in sociology is that the most important problems of the 21st century will be social: how to avoid war, advance democracy, fight poverty and crime, treat substance abuse, and minimize environmental destruction. Loyola sociologists will be on the forefront in the search for answers.

Why you should study Sociology

The Department of Sociology's Commitment to Racial Justice

Department Updates

Student Highlights

2022 Internships - Three Sociology students are interning at Baltimore Witness, a news site that provides transparency on violent crime cases in the city by collecting data on cases, reporting on court proceedings, and conducting interviews. These students have each published several stories.

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Faculty News

Mark Peyrot lifting a glass at his retirement dinner.  Pictured with Lovell Smith, Amanda Konradi, Barbara Vann, Michelle Gawerc and Joshua Hendrick.

Dr. Barbara Vann retired at the end of Spring 2020 term after over 30 years of teaching. 

Dr. Joshua Hendrick is the new chair of the department.

Toni Keane and faculty in front of Beatty 2014.


We mourn the death of Antonia Keane, who taught in this department from 1969 to 2015. Toni taught criminal justice courses, an always full social problems course, and sociology of the family. She was a trustee and board member of the Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore and ran longtime Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski's first campaign for a seat on the Baltimore City Council.

Student Information

New major requirements took effect F2021. New minor requirements take effect for the class of 2022.

Internship information has been updated.

The Sociology Club presidents for 2021-2022 are Mackenzie Wright and Paul Capobianco.

Michelle Gawerc

Michelle Gawerc, Ph.D.

This sociology professor's work is driven by her dedication to peace, justice, and understanding