At its core, sociology is the study of human interaction.
Social structures are everywhere, and they play a major role in virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Whether at home, at work, or in public, human behavior is governed by complex systems that are constantly changing. Sociologists analyze those systems.
Areas of sociological inquiry include:
- social movements
- social change
- social institutions
- political systems
- class society
- social interaction
- the family
- social psychology
- minority relations
- sex and gender
At Widener, undergraduates majoring in sociology are taught to think critically about society and its component parts— and how those elements are shaped and how they change. Students can choose between two areas of concentration:
- Social Practice: Prepares you for a diversity of work opportunities such as education, politics, advocacy and social work. This course of study includes service learning courses, which combine classroom learning with community service. Successful completion of a 200-hour internship is also required.
- Social Research: The social research track is the traditional sociology major, used for a wide variety of job opportunities and graduate and law school preparation. This track includes a research sequence, which trains students to understand and conduct basic research projects and critically examine research articles.
The College of Arts & Sciences also offers a pre-physical therapy curriculum in sociology for students who want to go into Widener's graduate physical therapy program.
One of the benefits of choosing a major in sociology is that you will have great access to your professors. Classes are small, so you won't get lost in the crowd. Our faculty members are also active scholars, with research interests that range from women's issues to labor relations and religious movements.
Careers in Sociology
Students majoring in sociology are prepared for fulfilling careers in a number of professions and industries, ranging from government and social services to communications and business.
Consider these possibilities:
- policy analysis
- community organizing
- criminal justice
- human resources
- educational administration
- child welfare advocacy
- training and human development