Sociology

Major: Sociology
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:
182.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 45.1101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3041

About the Program

The sociology major at Drexel University has three components: theory, methods, substantive coursework and features specialized coursework relating to social justice issues.

Sociology is the systematic study of societies. Society is the sum total of individual and group interaction and relations, from small groups and families to global networks and complex social organizations. The discipline covers a wide variety of fields of inquiry. Sociologists examine structural relations—how human society is organized from small groups to large institutions—and is committed to developing a critical understanding of these relationships. Thus the sociology major stresses theory, research methods, quantitative and qualitative data analysis as applied to a wide variety of substantive areas including but not limited to social inequality, political power, gender, class, race, ethnicity, family, crime, technology and environmental change as well as a wide variety of social and political movements connected with social change. The stress on critical understanding means that sociology majors will strive not only to develop strong analytic abilities but an intellectual and ethical engagement reflected in sociologically informed thinking and action.The research and analytical skills developed in our program are sought after by a wide variety of professions.

Specialized social justice coursework is typically carried out in connection with community groups and organizations. It is a way through which the Sociology Program and Drexel University as a whole seeks to become practically engaged with the wider community while promoting social justice.

For more information about the sociology major, visit the Department of Sociology web page. 

Degree Requirements 

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Four Humanities/Fine Arts Courses 12.0
Two Mathematics Courses 6.0
Two Science Courses6.0
Two Consecutive Foreign Language Courses *8.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences12.0
Introduction to Sociology
Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (9.0 credits)
International Studies6.0
Two International Studies Courses
Studies in Diversity6.0
Two Studies in Diversity Courses
Sociology Core Requirements
Required Major Seminar12.0
Seminar in Sociology (4-credit course, must be taken at least 3 times)
Theory Sequence8.0
Classical Social Theory
Contemporary Social Theory
Methods Sequence16.0
Research Methods I
Research Methods II
Computer-Assisted Data Analysis
Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II
Required Sociology Electives
Select at least 10 of the following: (At least four must be at the 300-level and one must be at the 400-level.)40.0
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Sociology of Work
Wealth and Power
Sociology of the Family
Sex and Society
Gender and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Sociology
Sociology of the Future
Sociology of Sport
Theory of Applied and Community Sociology
Sociology of Aging
Global Climate Change
Topics in Political Sociology
Topics in Sociology of Science and Technology
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
Cities and Sustainability
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Globalization
Environmental Movements in America
Sociology of the Environment
Environmental Justice
Introduction to Environmental Policy Analysis
Sociology of Disasters
Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology
Special Topics in Sociology
Politics of Life
Social Movements
Advanced Special Topics in Sociology
Sociology Research Seminar I: Research Design
Sociology Research Seminar II: Data Acquisition and Analysis
Sociology Research Seminar III: Practicum in Sociological Research
Independent Studies in Sociology
Free Electives38.0
Total Credits182.0
*

At least one foreign language course must be at the 200-level. In addition, the department recommends students take 2 additional foreign language courses as free electives.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 395Seminar in Sociology4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foreign Language Course 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
Social and Behavioral Science Elective3.0
Foreign Language Course 4.0
Mathematics Course 3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory4.0
Diversity Studies Elective3.0
Science Elective*3.0
Foreign Language Course 4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
SOC 250Research Methods I4.0
Sociology Elective4.0
Mathematics Course3.0
Foreign Language Course 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
Sociology Required Electives8.0
Science Elective*3.0
Free Elective 3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 6
SOC 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis4.0
Sociology Required Elective4.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 3.0
Diversity Studies Elective 3.0
Free Elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
Sociology Required Elective4.0
Sociology Required Elective (at 300 Lv)4.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 3.0
Free Elective 3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 8
SOC 395Seminar in Sociology4.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Sociology Required Elective4.0
Sociology Required Elective (at 300 Lv)4.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
SOC 350Research Methods II4.0
Sociology Required Elective (at 300 Lv)4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3.0
International Studies Elective 3.0
Free Elective 3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
SOC 395Seminar in Sociology4.0
SOC 365Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3.0
Free Elective4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SOC 356Contemporary Social Theory 4.0
Sociology Required Elective (at 300 Lv)4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0
Free Elective 3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
Sociology Required Elective (at 400 Lv)4.0
International Studies Elective3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0
Free Elective4.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 182.0
*

 See degree requirements.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in sociology is excellent preparation for law school, medical school, or for graduate work in such fields as sociology, history, gerontology, or political science.

Outside of academics, sociologists work in a wide variety of settings. Some serve as statistical analysts for market research firms, health care agencies, and government. Others are involved in urban planning, survey research, public relations, agency management, trend analysis, or criminal justice. There are sociologists of religion working for national church organizations, and sociologists specializing in gerontology who are engaged in research or administration for agencies concerned with the aged.

Co-op Experiences

Some recent co-op positions held by sociology students include the following:

  • Research Coordinator, West Philadelphia Community Center
  • Counselor, Camden Youth Program
  • Research Analyst, Philadelphia Stock Exchange
  • Case Investigator, Howard County Police Department
  • Assistant Copy Editor, Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Minor in Sociology

The sociology minor is designed to give students specializing in other fields a broader knowledge of contemporary social issues and the ability to analyze them in a reasoned fashion. For students majoring in such fields as business and engineering, the minor helps develop skills in critical thinking that go beyond the acquisition of specialized, professional techniques. For students majoring in another area of the liberal arts, the minor offers the opportunity to place the issues raised in the major discipline within a larger social context.

Please note: No more than three courses that are required for a student’s major can count towards fulfilling requirements for the minor.

Required Courses *
SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory4.0
or SOC 356 Contemporary Social Theory
Select five of the following: **20.0
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Sociology of Work
Wealth and Power
Sociology of the Family
Sex and Society
Gender and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Sociology
Sociology of the Future
Research Methods I
Sociology of Sport
Sociology of Aging
Global Climate Change
Topics in Political Sociology
Topics in Sociology of Science and Technology
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Cities and Sustainability
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Globalization
Environmental Movements in America
Sociology of the Environment
Environmental Justice
Introduction to Environmental Policy Analysis
Sociology of Disasters
Research Methods II
Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology
Politics of Life
Social Movements
Special Topics in SOC
Special Topics in Sociology
Independent Study in SOC
Total Credits24.0
*

No more than three courses that are required for a student's major can count towards fulfilling requirements for the minor.

**

Students must take at least three elective courses at the 300 or 400 level.


The sociology major at Drexel University has three components: theory, methods, substantive coursework and features specialized coursework relating to social justice issues.

Sociology is the systematic study of societies. Society is the sum total of individual and group interaction and relations, from small groups and families to global networks and complex social organizations. The discipline covers a wide variety of fields of inquiry. Sociologists examine structural relations—how human society is organized from small groups to large institutions—and is committed to developing a critical understanding of these relationships. Thus the sociology major stresses theory, research methods, quantitative and qualitative data analysis as applied to a wide variety of substantive areas including but not limited to social inequality, political power, gender, class, race, ethnicity, family, crime, technology and environmental change as well as a wide variety of social and political movements connected with social change. The stress on critical understanding means that sociology majors will strive not only to develop strong analytic abilities but an intellectual and ethical engagement reflected in sociologically informed thinking and action.The research and analytical skills developed in our program are sought after by a wide variety of professions.

Specialized social justice coursework is typically carried out in connection with community groups and organizations. It is a way through which the Sociology Program and Drexel University as a whole seeks to become practically engaged with the wider community while promoting social justice.

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program systemically investigates the social dimensions of science, technology and medicine. Faculty from a range of disciplines contribute to a curriculum that features a broad set of perspectives, all grounded in a foundation of critical thinking, research methods, and writing and presentation skills. The STS program emphasizes three interrelated areas: environment and sustainability; health and medicine; and information, identities and networks. The STS Lab course is a unique feature of the curriculum—it prepares students to work as a team to address meaningful science and technology related topics. Working with a faculty adviser, graduate students develop an individualized plan of study that allows them to pursue their interests in depth.

STS students are independent, out-of-the-box thinkers who are dedicated to understanding the intersections of society, science, medicine and technology. While STS students vary widely in their professional and educational backgrounds and career ambitions, they share a common commitment to a critical approach to our world’s most pressing technoscientific challenges.

Prospective students for the MS in STS see this educational opportunity as a crucial factor in their skill development and career advancement. They are recent college graduates in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering; middle and high school teachers; and professionals in businesses, city and state government offices, and area hospitals. Students can attend full time or part time and complete all coursework in the evening.

Requirements: Accelerated Program in Sociology BA and Science Technology & Society MS

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Four Humanities/Fine Arts Courses12.0
Two Mathematics Courses6.0
Two Science Courses6.0
Two Consecutive Foreign Language Courses8.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences12.0
Introduction to Sociology
Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives (9 credits)
International Studies6.0
Two International Studies Courses
Studies in Diversity6.0
Two Studies in Diversity Courses
Sociology Core Requirements
Required Major Seminar12.0
Seminar in Sociology (4.0 credit course, must be taken at least 3 times)
Theory Sequence8.0
Classical Social Theory
Contemporary Social Theory
Methods Sequence 16.0
Research Methods I
Research Methods II
Computer-Assisted Data Analysis
Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II
Required Sociology Electives
Select at least 10 of the following: (At least 4 must be at the 300-level and 1 must be at the 400-level)40.0
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Sociology of Work
Wealth and Power
Sociology of the Family
Sex and Society
Gender and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Sociology
Sociology of the Future
Sociology of Sport
Theory of Applied and Community Sociology
Sociology of Aging
Global Climate Change
Topics in Political Sociology
Topics in Sociology of Science and Technology
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
Cities and Sustainability
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Globalization
Environmental Movements in America
Sociology of the Environment
Environmental Justice
Introduction to Environmental Policy Analysis
Sociology of Disasters
Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology
Special Topics in Sociology
Politics of Life
Social Movements
Advanced Special Topics in Sociology
Sociology Research Seminar I: Research Design
Sociology Research Seminar II: Data Acquisition and Analysis
Sociology Research Seminar III: Practicum in Sociological Research
Independent Studies in Sociology
Free Electives36.0
Total Credits180.0

*At least one foreign language course must be at the 200-level. In addition, the department recommends students take 2 additional foreign language courses as free electives.

Basic Requirements
SCTS 501Introduction to Science, Technology and Society3.0
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
SCTS 503Advanced Research Methods3.0
SCTS 504Science, Technology & Society Theories3.0
Advanced Requirements
Ethics, Values, Identities, and Culture6.0
Select two of the following:
Information Ethics
Public Health Ethics
Contemporary Feminist Theory
Material Culture
Medical and Healthcare Ethics
Technology, Progress, and Determinism
The Biopolitics of Health
Medicine, Technology and Science
Global Subjects of Biocapital
Transnational Science & Technology
Science and Technology Policy3.0
Select one of the following:
Telecommunications Regulation and Policy
Information Policy
Sustainability & Public Policy
Environmental Policy
Science and Technology Policy
Risk and Disaster Policy
Contemporary Stem Workforces:Organizations of Labor in Lab, Shop and Clinic
War and Technoscience
Science, Technology & Society Lab3.0
Select one of the following
Connected Mobility Lab
Identity and Intersectionality
Special Topics in Science, Technology and Society Lab
Thesis/Project and Electives *21.0
Master's Research
Suggested Electives **
Contemporary Social Theory
Research Methods in Communication
Data Analysis in Communication
Critical Theory
Seminar in Contemporary Theory
Managing Technology Innovation
Introduction to Public Health
Introduction to Case Study Research
Psychology of Human-Computer Interaction Design
History and Systems
Historiography of Science
Politics of Life
STS Perspectives on Risk and Disaster
Theoretical and Sociological Aspects of Measurement
Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science
Internship in Science, Technology and Society
Special Topics in Science, Technology & Society
Independent Study in Science, Technology and Society
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study: Accelerated Program in Sociology BA and Science Technology & Society MS 

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 395Seminar in Sociology4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Math Elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences Course3.0
Math Elective3.0
Foreign Language Elective4.0
International Studies Course3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory4.0
Foreign Language Elective4.0
International Studies Elective3.0
Science Elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
SOC 250Research Methods I4.0
SOC 115Social Problems4.0
SOC 210Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
SOC 230Gender and Society4.0
SOC 268Sociology of Sport4.0
SOC 356Contemporary Social Theory 4.0
Diversity Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
SOC 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis4.0
SOC 240Urban Sociology4.0
Social and Behavioral Science Elective3.0
Science Elective3.0
Diversity Elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
SOC 395Seminar in Sociology4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0
SOC 276Global Climate Change3.0
SOC 312Topics in Sociology of Science and Technology4.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 8
SOC 350Research Methods II4.0
SOC 346Environmental Justice4.0
SOC 395Seminar in Sociology4.0
SCTS 501Introduction to Science, Technology and Society3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 9
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
SOC 395Seminar in Sociology4.0
SOC 349Sociology of Disasters4.0
Free Elective3.0
Science Course3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
SOC 365Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II4.0
SOC 370Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology4.0
Free Electives (UG)3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Course3.0
SCTS 503Advanced Research Methods3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 11
SCTS 504Science, Technology & Society Theories3.0
SCTS 645War and Technoscience3.0
SCTS 600Contemporary Feminist Theory3.0
Free Elective (UG)6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
SCTS 570Environmental Policy3.0
SCTS 639Politics of Life3.0
Free Elective (UG)6.0
STS Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 13
SCTS 571Science and Technology Policy3.0
SCTS 665Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science3.0
STS Elective3.0
Free Elective6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 14
SCTS 612Medical and Healthcare Ethics3.0
SCTS 798Master's Research3.0
SCTS 799Independent Study in Science, Technology and Society 3.0
Free Electives (UG)6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 225.0

Sociology Faculty

Susan Bell, PhD (Brandeis University) Department Head, Sociology. Professor. The interaction between patient cultures and embodied health movements; changing culture and structure of biomedicine; the experience of illness, women's health, and narrative representations of the politics of cancer, medicine, and women's bodies.
Robert J. Brulle, PhD (George Washington University). Professor. Environmental policy and politics, critical theory, marine risk, social movements, environmental sociology.
Mary Ebeling, PhD (University of Surrey) Director, Women's and Gender Studies. Associate Professor. Science and technology studies; emerging technologies and biocapital; media and democratic cultures; radical social movements; sociology of markets; political sociology; and ethnographic methodologies.
Julia Hall, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Criminal justice and juvenile justice reform, including community based alternatives to incarceration, correctional education and programming, reentry and reintegration, restorative justice, and issues relating to special needs offenders, including the el
Kelly Joyce, PhD (Boston College) Director, Master's Program in Science Technology & Society. Professor. Science, medicine and technology; aging and technology; qualitative social science methods; healthcare and medicine.
Emmanuel F. Koku, PhD (University of Toronto). Associate Professor. Social network analysis; qualitative/quantitative research; medical sociology; social epidemiology; social demography; sociology of development; communication and information technology; community and urban sociology.
Diamantino Machado, PhD (Temple University). Teaching Professor. Globalization, political economy, political sociology, philosophy of social science, postmodernism and social reflection.
Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, PhD (University of Chicago). Assistant Research Professor. Social network interventions that promote positive outcomes for people with ASD, their families and communities
Kevin Mobey, PhD (University of California-San Diego). Assistant Teaching Professor. The social and cultural studies of biomedicine/health, particularly as those domains intersect with and through the institutions of race/sexuality/gender, social movements/community advocacy, HIV/AIDS, racial health disparities, science and technological studies, and Black Studies
David Ridgway, MS (St. Joseph's University) Faculty fellow of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Instructor. The correlations between poverty and public welfare, especially theories of the perpetuation of poverty; Sociology of crime; police practices and police procedure
Mimi Sheller, PhD (New School for Social Research) Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy. Professor. Sustainable mobility and mobility justice: new cultures and infrastructures of travel, transport, mobile communication, and urbanism; Caribbean Studies: history, culture and political theory of the region, including intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.
Diane Sicotte, PhD (Arizona State University). Associate Professor. Sociology of environmental injustice: inequalities in the citing of environmental hazards; community-based research in neighborhoods dealing with industrial hazards; sociology of the environment; urban sociology; social inequalities.
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