Major: Sociology
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:
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 the Sociology Program and Drexel University as a whole seek 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 Capstone4.0
Capstone in Sociology
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 Electives48.0
Select at least 12 of the following: (At least four must be at the 300 or 400 level; and at least one must be at the 400-level.)
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
Global Health Matters
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Sociology of Deviance
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Environmental Movements in America
Sociology of the Environment
Environmental Justice
Sociology of Disasters
Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology
Special Topics in Sociology
Imagining Multiple Democracies
Love, Rage & Debt: The Debt Society
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

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foreign Language Course 4.0
Mathematics course3.0
 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 Science Elective3.0
Foreign Language Course 4.0
Sociology Elective4.0
 Term Credits15.0
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
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Sociology Required Elective4.0
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 365Computer-Assisted Data Analysis II4.0
Sociology Required Elective (at 300 Lv)4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3.0
Free Elective4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SOC 356Contemporary Social Theory 4.0
Sociology Required Elective (at 400 Lv)4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0
Free Elective 3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
SOC 450Capstone in Sociology4.0
International Studies Elective3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0
Free Elective4.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 182.0

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:

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

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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