Nazneen Kane, Ph.D.,  Chairperson

The Department of Sociology and Social Work is made up of three related but distinct programs—sociology, social work, and behavioral sciences. All are concerned with advancing social justice and human rights, and with understanding contemporary social issues, policies, and solutions. While sociology and behavioral sciences are concerned with understanding contemporary social issues, policies, and solutions, social work emphasizes intervention and practice, including monitoring and evaluation.

The Department offers a major in sociology, a major in behavioral sciences, and a major in social work; minors in sociology, socio-psychology, gerontology, leadership and civic engagement and nonprofit leadership; and certificates in gerontology and nonprofit leadership.


Sociology is a behavioral science that provides a framework for understanding social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces of social change and resistance, and how social systems work. Sociology offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of society.

The sociology major offers two distinct tracks—a social dynamics track and a family dynamics track. Students majoring in Sociology may select the track option of their choice.

Social Dynamics Track

The social dynamics option offers students a traditional approach to sociology. This track incorporates the study of multiple levels and components of social life ranging from the micro-level of social identity to macro-level global dynamics.

Social life, social diversity and inequality, social behavior in families and communities, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior in various cultural contexts are all examined.

Family Dynamics Track

The family dynamics option offers core sociological concepts in conjunction with a specialized focus on contemporary family dynamics in the United States. This track option explores recent transformations in family life including trends in parenting, marriage and divorce, and work-family balance.

The social dynamics and family dynamics tracks can be applied toward understanding many issues. Whether as a paid employee, a volunteer or a citizen activist, the sociological perspective is valued in business, health, social service, criminal justice, law, media, education and government sectors of society.

Behavioral Sciences

The Behavioral Science Degree aims to develop graduates who value diversity and embrace the integration of life and learning. Students learn to understand and apply the core concepts and elements of social science. Building upon existing programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology, students are prepared with a broad foundation that emphasizes the analytical and critical thinking skills needed for a broad range of professional careers. The Behavioral Science Degree is highly flexible, enabling students to customize their coursework in ways that align with their individual career goals and future academic studies.

Departmental policy for all behavioral science majors: A grade of "C" or higher is required in all major and cognate courses.

Licensure for Teachers
Students choosing a major in sociology who also want to pursue Ohio teacher licensure must satisfy the same requirements as the major and additional requirements in behavioral sciences, education and humanities. The pertinent Adolescent to Young Adult License (grades 7 – 12) is integrated social studies. See an outline of requirements in the catalog under Education. Degree seeking students should be aware that social studies licensure does not satisfy for a major. A concentration in social studies is available in the Middle Childhood Licensure (grades 4-9) program. See Education.

Social Work

The Social Work program provides preparation for entry-level professional, generalist social work practice. The baccalaureate program is designed to develop practitioners who have the knowledge, values and skills to work with a wide variety of people in a range of organizational settings. This professional program is built upon a liberal arts foundation.

The program has been accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education, 1725 Duke St., Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 683-8080, since 1991. A chapter of Phi Alpha, a national social work academic honor society, was established on campus in 1996. Graduates of the program are eligible for Social Work Licensure in Ohio and other states with similar license requirements.

Social work is a challenging and exciting profession which provides the opportunity for individuals to contribute to the amelioration of social problems. Social work faculty are committed to preparing competent and dedicated generalist social work practitioners.

The curriculum includes two fieldwork courses in which students spend two days per week in a social agency under the supervision of a professional practitioner selected by a faculty field coordinator. Students are placed in mental health organizations, nursing homes, hospitals, and domestic violence/crisis settings, community service agencies, and in foster care/youth programs in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky region. Admission: Students who declare social work as a major must make formal application for admission to the professional program. Students should have completed the prerequisites prior to seeking admission to the program. A freshman student may be considered for acceptance prior to successful completion of MTH 174: Statistics, which is recommended for the sophomore year.

Acceptance into the program is based upon:

  • the completion of the prerequisite courses plus SWK 220 with a grade of "C" or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3.
  • the completion of 100 hours of community service through either a prior volunteer or paid position in a social/health agency within the past five years or enrollment in two Service Learning Plus One Options taken concurrently with either social work or related courses.
  • the completion of a personal essay submitted to the program director which demonstrates potential for the social work profession (criteria are described in the Social Work Handbook distributed to students interested in majoring in social work).

Formal acceptance into the program must be completed prior to enrollment in the first practice skills course (SWK 327) which is taken in the junior year. The core social work courses are restricted to students who have been admitted to the program. The social work faculty stand ready to assist students in learning more about social work as a career and in the preparation of the admission materials. Residency Requirement: A minimum of 36 credit hours of the required courses must be completed at the Mount in order to qualify for a baccalaureate degree in social work. Departmental policy for all bachelor of arts programs within Social Work: A grade of "C" or higher is required in all major and cognate courses.