About the B.A. in Sociology

  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Preparation for careers in social services, business, law, healthcare
  • Minors in Anthropology, Criminal Justice, and Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Internship and practicum opportunities
  • Senior research project
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities in the world

The Sociology major offers a broad base for understanding different cultures, classes, religions and ethnic backgrounds. The study of social processes and social institutions provides a necessary perspective and set of tools for managing the complex social landscape. Students acquire a global view and the ability to work with people of diverse cultures. At the core of the curriculum is the study of social inequalities and social justice. The breadth, adaptability and utility of sociology lead to many employment opportunities for graduates.

The liberal arts background serves as a foundation for careers in business, law, allied health (such as physical therapy) research, and graduate study. The program helps students develop specific skills, such as analytic proficiency, evaluative assessment and polished writing. Minors are available in Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Sociology and Women’s Studies.

All Sociology majors take a group of core courses and then choose Sociology electives based on individual career goals.

Internships and Practicums

Career emphasis is expanded through an optional internship experience during the junior or senior year. Recent practicum settings have included nursing homes, human resource departments, child welfare agencies, police departments, schools, and hospital research departments.

Senior Capstone Experience

During the senior year, all students engage in an independent research project that integrates their unique areas of interest and focus with their knowledge and application of sociological perspectives and ideas.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology and Anthropology, with their emphasis on understanding human culture and behavior, provide a strong background in liberal arts. A major in Sociology enhances those qualities developed in liberal arts graduates, such as being able to think critically, to write well and to make oral presentations.

Sociologists with B.A. degrees enter a wide variety of occupations. In business and industry, jobs most frequently held are in marketing, sales, human resources and management. The Sociology program at Arcadia University offers students the opportunity to learn a range of research techniques that can be applied in a variety of employment settings—universities, public agencies at the federal, state or local level, businesses or industrial firms, or research institutes in the non-profit or advocacy sector.

Undergraduate Sociology majors frequently pursue graduate work in areas other than sociology, such as social work, education, public health, business administration, urban planning, law and medicine. For a career in academic sociology beyond the secondary school level, graduate training in sociology is necessary.

Sociology is one of the majors recommended by the Physical Therapy Department for students who plan to pursue a career in physical therapy. A Sociology major provides the well-rounded background in liberal arts advocated by the American Physical Therapy Association, while allowing ample time for the student to complete the requirements for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The major can be designed with an emphasis on health and healthcare systems to strengthen the foundation for a career in physical therapy.

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