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    • College of Arts & Sciences

      • Social Sciences Division
      • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
      • tel: 610-499-4365
      • fax: 610-499-4603
    • Stuart Eimer

      • Co-Chair, Department of Sociology
      • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 239B
      • tel: 610-499-4640
    • Beth Latshaw

      • Co-Chair, Department of Sociology
      • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 239C
      • tel: 610-499-4406



  • Social Research

    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.

  • Applied Sociology

    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.

Why Widener?

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Diverse Range of Study

The sociology curriculum offers students the opportunity to explore their particular interests by offering four different concentrations. Each concentration is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of core sociological theories and research methods while also focusing on a particular area of the social world. Upon graduation our students possess the knowledge and skills they need for successful careers and a life of engaged citizenship.

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Real-world Experience

All of our concentrations provide students with an opportunity to apply the sociology they are learning in the classroom to the world around them. For example, students in the civic engagement & social change concentration have opportunities to take service-learning courses, which connect a given class to a project in the larger community. Students in the social research concentration craft and carry out an original research project, which is presented to the campus community. Students in all concentrations complete a 200-hour internship in the area of their choice. 

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Early Admission to Widener's Physical Therapy Program

The sociology pre-physical therapy concentration is a great option for students interested in pursuing a pre-physical therapy curriculum that will enable them to apply for early admission to Widener’s graduate physical therapy program during their junior year. Guaranteed 3+3 and 4+3 programs are offered. For more information, consult the pre-physical therapy program page.

  • Valisha Andrus
Valisha Andrus

Valisha Andrus


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. 

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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.

Potential Careers

  • Social work
  • Lawyer
  • 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

Recent Employers

  • Bancroft
  • 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