Ever since its inauguration in 1971, Hong Kong Shue Yan University has been operating under the direction of the following mission statements:

● Preserve and disseminate traditional Chinese culture.
● Enable students to cultivate a whole, balanced personality including moral character and to realize their full potential as intellectuals.
● Provide rigorous intellectual training to enable students to become independent critical thinkers.
● Combine academic theory with the acquisition of professional and practical skills to produce graduates who can immediately be of service to meet the needs of the community.

Since its inception, the Department has been responsible for offering a 4-year Honours Diploma Programme in Sociology. The Department proceeded to upgrade its programme to degree status in 2005 - Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Sociology.

The Department has a long track record of producing good quality graduates who are successful both in job market and in obtaining places in graduate and post-graduate degree programmes overseas and locally.