Earn a Degree in Sociology

Sociology at Madonna involves the study of social change, social life, diverse communities, and their interactions. Students will learn to use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. A sociology degree will equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in making sense of the ever-changing social world such as communication, collaboration, analytical problem solving, multicultural understanding, effective writing, and research. You will develop a foundation of greater understanding of our globalized society, so as to contribute solutions to social problems.

  • One of the only Applied Sociology Programs in the State of Michigan
  • You not only gain the academic knowledge required by employers, you also learn how to apply that knowledge in the workplace
  • Participation in internships and research projects gives Madonna sociology grads an advantage in the job market
  • Small class sizes mean you will receive more personal instruction
  • Our professors bring real-world experience into the classroom

Student Success

Alicia Stewart

Alicia Stewart (Marchese), '08

Alicia started her educational career at Madonna University (MU). As a Sociology Major, she worked with students and faculty of the Sociology Department, the MU Office of Service Learning and Bridging Communities, Inc. of Detroit on collaborative research assessing the perceived needs of the elderly community in Southwest Detroit resulting in the report - "Southwest Detroit: A Collaborative Study of Madonna University's Department of Sociology, Office of Service Learning and Bridging Communities Inc. of Detroit" which was presented at the 2008 annual American Sociological Association Conference in Boston. She went on to obtain her MBA from Lawrence Technological University. 

Career Options

For students planning to train in closely related fields, such as social work, psychology, marketing, sign language studies, criminal justice, social services, counseling or personnel, Madonna’s sociology course work in research methods, sociological theory, and other substantive areas, will provide a solid foundation for admission to graduate school.


Community Leadership

 This certificate provides you with the tools needed to promote positive social change in your community and beyond, preparing you for active, lasting, civic engagement and community leadership roles, as well as a variety of careers in Social Services, Administration, Management and Governmental Organizations.

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Humane Studies

As a student in Humane Studies you will become part of an exciting, cutting-edge field based on the idea of the interconnectedness of social justice, sustainability, and animal protection. 

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Addiction Studies

 The Addiction Studies program provides a comprehensive overview of the dynamics of substance- and non-substance-related addictions, treatment, and prevention. To a significant degree, the coursework meets the educational requirements of the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP)

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Social Work

 A (BSW) degree prepares students for generalist practice, and graduates are eligible for licensure (LBSW) in the state of Michigan. The diverse range of skills you receive in the program will prepare you to work in both public and private settings with an array of clients.

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Faculty Bios

Bart W. MilesChair, Social Work and Sociology Department
Director of MSW Program

B. A., Dordt College

M.S.W., Arizona State University

Ph.D., Arizona State University



Bart W. Miles

Dr. Bart Miles is the Chair of Social Work & Sociology. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2012 from Wayne State University. He completed his doctoral degree in 2003 and his MSW in 1998 at Arizona State University. His interests include treatment of children and adolescents, at-risk urban youth, homelessness/poverty, and qualitative methods. He is actively engaged in the social work community through a variety of activities including serving on boards, consulting with agencies, grant writing, and non-profit evaluation. His research has been mixed methods research primarily with homeless adults and youth.

Dr. Miles has expertise in various qualitative methodologies, including: participatory action research, visual ethnography, discourse analysis, interpretive methods, and computer assisted data analysis.

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Michelle M. ProctorProfessor
Sociology Program Director
Co-Director of Humane Studies

B.S.W. & M.S.W., University of South Florida

Ph.D, Wayne State University



Michelle M. Proctor

Dr. Proctor’s career includes work as a medical and gerontological social worker, community organizer, and applied sociologist. Having served as Chair of the Sociology Department since 2007, she now serves as Program Director of the Social Work and Sociology Department and Co-Director of the Humane Studies Program (one of only two Humane Education Programs in the US). She has guided the Sociology Program to become one of the few Applied Sociology Programs in Michigan with an emphasis on community-based service-learning campus initiatives.

Dr. Proctor’s research areas include social inequality, social and environmental justice, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. In addition to teaching students at the Livonia campus, she teaches at the MU Southwest Detroit Women’s Educational Empowerment Program (SWEEP) Center as well as Haitian Students in the MU Haiti Educational Leadership Program (HELP). Her work is aimed at engaging students in community service and research. She has secured grants enabling numerous student-faculty research projects, many of which have resulted in student-faculty presentations at local and national professional conferences, including the American Sociological Association (ASA). She currently serves as Chair of the Animals and Society Section of ASA. Her favorite courses are those that engage students in community-based learning.

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