Sociology

Major: Sociology
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours:
180.0
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, and substantive coursework. It also features specialized coursework relating to social justice issues.

Sociology is the systematic study of societies. Society is the sum total of individual and group interactions 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 and are committed to developing a critical understanding of these relationships. Thus, the sociology major stresses theory, research methods, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. These are then applied to a wide variety of substantive areas including, but not limited to, social inequality, political power, gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, family, health, cities and neighborhoods, technology and environmental change, as well as 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
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
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 Sequence8.0
Research Design: Qualitative Methods
Research Design: Quantitative Methods
Required Sociology Electives40.0
Select at least 10 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
Sociology of Health Professions
Urban Sociology
Sociology of the Environment
Sociology of Sport
Sociology of Aging
Global Climate Change
Sociology of Global Health
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Social Networks and Health
Sociology of Deviance
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Globalization
Global Environmental Movements
Environmental Justice
Sociology of Disasters
Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology
Medicine, Technology and Science
Housing and Homelessness
Imagining Multiple Democracies
Love, Rage & Debt: The Debt Society
Politics of Life
Social Movements
Sociology Research Seminar I: Research Design
Sociology Research Seminar II: Data Acquisition and Analysis
Sociology Research Seminar III: Practicum in Sociological Research
Special Topics in SOC
Free Electives **51.0
Total Credits180.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, no co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0VACATION
SOC 1013.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0Diversity Studies elective3.0 
UNIV H1011.0Foreign Language course4.0Free electives7.0 
Foreign Language course4.0Social and Behavioral Science elective3.0  
Mathematics course3.0Sociology required elective4.0  
 14 15 13 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SOC 2414.0SOC 2424.0SOC 3554.0VACATION
Mathematics course3.0Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0Diversity Studies elective3.0 
Sociology required electives8.0Science course*3.0Free electives6.0 
 Sociology required elective4.0Social and Behavioral Sciences elective3.0 
 15 14 16 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SOC 3564.0UNIV H2011.0Free electives6.0VACATION
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0 
Social and Behavioral Sciences elective3.0Sociology required elective4.0International Studies elective3.0 
Sociology required elective (300-level)4.0Sociology required elective (300-level)4.0Sociology required elective (300-level)4.0 
 17 15 16 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0SOC 4504.0 
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0Free elective3.0 
Science course*3.0Sociology required elective (400-level)4.0Humanities/Fine Arts electives6.0 
Sociology required elective4.0 International Studies elective3.0 
 16 13 16 
Total Credits 180

 4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 101*1.0VACATION
SOC 1013.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV H1011.0Foreign Language course4.0Diversity Studies elective3.0 
Mathematics course3.0Social and Behavioral Science elective3.0Free electives6.0 
Foreign Language course4.0Sociology required elective4.0  
 14 15 13 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SOC 3414.0SOC 2424.0SOC 3554.0SOC 3564.0
Mathematics course3.0Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0Free electives6.0Free electives6.0
Sociology required electives8.0Science course**3.0Diversity Studies elective3.0Social and Behavioral Sciences elective3.0
 Sociology required elective4.0Social and Behavioral Sciences elective3.0Sociology required elective (300-level)4.0
 15 14 16 17
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
UNIV H2011.0Free electives6.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Free electives6.0Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0  
Sociology required elective4.0International Studies elective3.0  
Sociology required elective (300-level)4.0Sociology required elective (300-level)4.0  
 15 16 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0SOC 4504.0 
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0Free elective3.0 
Science course**3.0Sociology Required elective (400-level)4.0Humanities/Fine Arts electives6.0 
Sociology required elective4.0 International Studied elective3.0 
 16 13 16 
Total Credits 180

5 year, 3 co-ops

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 101*1.0VACATION
SOC 1013.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV H1011.0Foreign Language course4.0Free electives6.0 
Mathematics course3.0Social and Behavioral Science elective3.0Diversity Studies elective3.0 
Foreign Language course4.0Sociology required elective4.0  
 14 15 13 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SOC 2414.0SOC 2424.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Mathematics course3.0Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0  
Sociology required electives8.0Science course**3.0  
 Sociology required elective4.0  
 15 14 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SOC 3554.0SOC 3564.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Diversity Studies elective3.0Free electives6.0  
Free electives6.0Social and Behavioral Sciences elective3.0  
Social and Behavioral Sciences elective3.0Sociology required elective (300-level)4.0  
 16 17 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
UNIV H2011.0Free electives6.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Free electives6.0Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0  
Sociology required elective4.0International Studies elective3.0  
Sociology required elective (300-level)4.0Sociology required elective (300-level)4.0  
 15 16 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0SOC 4504.0 
Humanites/Fine Arts elective3.0Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0Free elective3.0 
Science course**3.0Sociology required elective (400-level)4.0Humanities/Fine Arts electives6.0 
Sociology required elective4.0 International Studies elective3.0 
 16 13 16 
Total Credits 180

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.
Jessica Cohen , PhD (Bowling Green State University). Associate Teaching Professor. Family demography
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.
Sarah Hosman, PhD (Boston University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Urban sociology, Gentrification, Cultural sociology, Economic Sociology, Narratives of place, Ethnography
Sonali Jain, PhD (Boston University). Associate Teaching Professor. South Asia, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Transnationalism.
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.
Nada Matta, PhD (New York University). Assistant Professor. Political Economy, Social Movements, Middle East Studies, Gender Studies, Revolutions, Inequality.
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
Amanda McMillan Lequieu, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Assistant Professor. Environmental sociology, political economy, place and space, rural-urban interface, qualitative and historical methodologies.
Kevin Moseby, 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
Jason Orne, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Assistant Professor. Urban Sociology, Sexualities Studies, Qualitative Methodologies, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Social Psychology, Social Theory
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.
Arthur Shostak, PhD (Princeton University). Professor Emeritus. Futurism, race and ethnic relations, social implications of 20th century technology, urban sociology.
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.
Kelly Underman, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago). Assistant Professor. Medical education, the social construction of bodies and emotions and the politics of scientific knowledge production.

Emeritus Faculty

Robert J. Brulle, PhD (George Washington University). Professor Emeritus. Environmental policy and politics, critical theory, marine risk, social movements, environmental sociology.
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