College of Arts & Sciences
- Social Sciences Division
- Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
- tel: 610-499-4365
- fax: 610-499-4603
- Chair, Department of Sociology
- Kapelski Learning Center, Room 239B
- tel: 610-499-4640
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.
- Are you interested in more deeply understanding how social structures and institutions (e.g., education, the media, family, economy, government, sports, religion, and medicine) shape human behavior?
- Do you like to think about how social categories like social class, gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and age influence the opportunities people have and the choices they make?
- Do you want to develop a better understanding of society while also developing concrete skills that will prepare you to be an engaged citizen ready to make a difference in our world?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, a degree in sociology will put you on the ideal path for pursuing your educational and career goals.
This concentration culminates in a two-semester sequence in which students use their training to craft, carry out, and present original research Students learn how to use a variety of research methods to study the social world.
This concentration requires students to apply sociology to the real world through service-learning courses and culminates in a 200-hour internship with an organization related to the student’s career field. The applied sociology concentration cultivates an understanding of core sociological concepts and theories.
Civic Engagement & Social Change
This concentration provides students with real-world experience though service-learning courses and culminates in a 200-hour internship in the student’s area of interest. Students are prepared for careers in organizations that address societal problems, as well as groups advocating for social change (e.g., unions, social movement organizations).
Sociology Pre-physical Therapy
This concentration culminates in a 200-hour internship with an organization in the field of physical therapy or with an organization in a related health care field.The sociology pre-physical therapy concentration prepares students for graduate school as well as job opportunities in a wide range of organizations in both the public and private sector.
I loved the service-learning classes offered in my program, which afforded me experiential learning opportunities outside of a traditional classroom setting. The leadership skills I developed at Widener helped me become more conscious about civic engagement. I learned to communicate more effectively, think critically, and value teamwork and collaboration.
New Civic Engagement and Social Change Concentration
Nicolette Epifani is the first student to major in sociology with a concentration in civic engagement and social change. “I’m learning how to lead, think critically, and conduct research. I’ll apply those skills to any job,” Read about what interested Nicolette in this new concentration.
- Social work
- Law enforcement
- Community organizing
- Human resources
- Child welfare advocacy
- Nonprofit administration
- Research analyst
- Healthcare outreach and health policy
For more on careers in sociology as well as pay and job outlook, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Transportation Security Administration
- M3 USA
- Howard R. Young Correctional Facility
- Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center
- Devon Manor Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center
- Aramark Healthcare
- City Year
- Matagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller and Johnson Law Firm
- Valley Forge Educational Services