Undergraduate Major

Sociology (BA)

As a sociology major at Widener, you'll learn valuable leadership skills through civic engagement, social research, and internships that set you apart in a wide range of fields. 

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Program Overview

At Widener, you'll develop and refine leadership skills by working closely with the community to address societal problems and advocate for social change and improved public policies.

Analytical and research skills will help you navigate and address social and people-oriented problems, and make you stand out in industry. You'll gain invaluable workplace experience through internships, research, experiential learning, and civic engagement. 

Our flexible curriculum allows you to tailor your experience to personal interests that are related to sociology, while also building a range of powerful, portable skills. The small, interactive classes will deepen your learning and focus on leadership development, helping you gain qualities and skills for long-term career success. 

Program Options

Take the inside track to a career in sociology at Widener with internships, research, service learning, and a network of professionals to prepare students for long-term success upon graduation.

You have the flexibility to choose a specific concentration tailored to your personal interests.

Concentrations include:

  • Loading...: 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.
  • Loading...: This concentration provides students with an opportunity to use sociology to address everyday problems in society, while cultivating an understanding of core sociological concepts and theories. It culminates in a 200-hour internship with an organization related to the student’s chosen career field. 
  • Loading...: 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).
  • Loading...: This concentration prepares students for job opportunities in a wide range of organizations in both the public and private sectors, as well as graduate school in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or other health-related fields. This concentration is required for sociology majors in the pre-physical therapy and pre-occupational therapy pathways, but is open to all sociology majors.

Sociology majors can participate in the following pathways:

These pathways culminate in a 200-hour internship with an organization in a related field, preparing students for graduate school as well as job opportunities in a wide range of organizations in both the public and private sector.

Social Work & Sociology Dual Degree

Students have the flexibility to earn two degrees following this pathway—a social work BSW degree and sociology BA degree. 

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Applied Sociology & Criminal Justice Double Major

This double major is designed for students interested in the impact of communities and social interactions on everyday problems in society, including crime and deviance.

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Students wishing to earn a double major in sociology and another field of study (such as anthropology, communication studies, political science, or psychology), should contact the chair of the sociology department for more information on the requirements.

The Department of Sociology also offers a minor course of study comprised of an introductory course, a social theory or research design course, and five advanced elective courses.

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Program Highlights

Our diverse range of study will provide you with real-world experience so you'll develop a deep understanding of core sociological concepts. When you graduate, you won't just start your career, you'll continue the work you've been doing all along.

Diverse Range of Study

At Widener you can tailor your degree to your interests. We offer wide range of courses and numerous concentrations to match your career goals. You'll have the ability to choose a passion and learn about social issues, theories, research, and public policies within that chosen track.

Real-World Experience

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. You'll have the opportunity to apply sociology to the world around you with internships, research, and civic engagement opportunities. 

Meet Your Second Family

Our faculty drive every student they teach toward personal and professional success.  You'll make connections with faculty advisors through classes and mentorship. Individual faculty will oversee your internships and research projects. Before long, faculty, staff, and classmates will be like a second family. 

Clubs & Organizations

Sociology majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside of campus to expand their network, including the Sociology Club, and many more.


Our professors invest in your success through close mentoring and continual feedback.

Stuart Eimer
Co-Chair of Department of Sociology

"Our department offers many service learning classes. These courses allow students to explore sociology in a traditional classroom while also working on projects in the community. Students come to understand course content while also cultivating the real world knowledge and skills needed to be civically engaged citizens and leaders in their chosen profession."

Beth A. Latshawf
Co-Chair of Department of Sociology

"Through individualized mentorship and one-on-one advising, our students gain a close relationship with all of the faculty in our department. By teaching a seminar on career development, overseeing student internships, and mentoring student research projects, we develop meaningful, lasting connections with all of our undergraduate majors and minors."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Your second family of faculty and staff will help you build a network with alumni and professionals in a wide range of fields related to sociology to find unique opportunities for internships, research, and career paths.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Social work and advocacy work
  • Human resources, management, and research
  • Non-profit administration and management
  • Healthcare outreach, health policy, and physical therapy
  • Lawyer, law enforcement, and probation work

Work Environments

  • Research and development
  • Educational services
  • State government
  • Religious and civic-minded organizations
  • Self-employed

Recent Employers

  • City of Philadelphia
  • Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
  • Greenville Hospital System
  • Prime Healthcare Services
  • Aramark Healthcare

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