Have you ever wondered why people express emotions the way they do? Or what powers an angry mob? Then sociology is for you! The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology focuses on the study of society, social life, social change, and human behavior. You’ll begin to understand the influence of social forces on human development and decision making, why societies can change in some ways while remaining the same in others, and the causes and effects of social power and inequality. Courses in the program examine everything from the influence of politics and the economy to socialization, class, family, and mass media. Students develop a foundation in both quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as classical and contemporary theories for investigating the social world. Students in the sociology program also have opportunities for real-world experience through participation in original research and data analysis, experiential learning, community engagement, internships, and study abroad. Because sociology uses an interdisciplinary approach, our program prepares students for work and further studies in areas such as education, public policy, social and human services, criminal justice and victim advocacy, urban affairs, community organizing, legal and health professions, social science research, and more.
Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society
Opportunities to participate in and present research
Dedication to social change
What can I do with this degree?
A sociology degree provides students with a strong liberal arts background, opening up a number of career possibilities. Graduates possess skills enabling them to conduct research and analyze data, communicate skillfully, think critically, and implement a global perspective. These traits help our graduates succeed in careers in fields such as:
- Social science research
- Nonprofit administration
- Public service
- Program support
- Sales and marketing
- Public health
- Social work
Further, students may choose to continue their education by seeking an advanced degree. Through discussion with academic advisors, sociology majors can tailor their studies to their career goals, optimizing opportunities for success.
Recent alumni have pursued graduate education in sociology, social work, and counseling at institutions such as the University of Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, Virginia Tech, the University of Delaware, Lehigh University, and West Chester University.