Hands-On Learning

Dr. Swart leads Sociology student discussion

Community, Service, & Social Justice — Sociology majors often participate and/or hold leadership positions within Augustana student organizations such as athletic teams, musical ensembles, student government, Coalition for Social Justice, SALT, and Augie Green.  Volunteer opportunities abound in this small metropolitan community of 160,000

International Sociology Honor Society (Alpha Kappa Delta) – Augustana’s Chapter of AKD (Delta of South Dakota) began in 2012 and inducts students who have a keen interest in sociology and who maintain a grade point average of 3.3 in sociology courses.  All students who have an interest in sociology are welcome to attend programs sponsored by AKD

Internships – Having opportunities to see the intersection of race, class, and gender in organizations and work settings provides valuable perspective and fosters clearer career direction for sociology majors.  Faculty are committed to working with students to identify appropriate internship sites that will foster personal  growth, depth in sociological understanding, and career exploration and networking.  Examples of settings include Children’s Home Society, Sioux Falls Police Department, Dougherty Hospice House, Active Generations (senior citizen center), Bethany Christian Services (adoption agency), and Touchmark at All Saints (senior retirement community),

Research – Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty or conduct their own research.  Funding for research and presentations at regional meetings (like the Midwest Sociological Society annual meeting or the Augustana Symposium) is available through The Glenda J. Sehested Memorial Scholarship & Educational Fund.

Work -- It's undeniable that paid workforce participation (part-time on-campus or off-campus) is part of college life for many.  Augustana is centrally located in Sioux Falls, allowing for a wide range of options for paid positions

Learn about real-world experiences through the sociology department.