Where Social Scholar Activists Emerge

With a core curriculum around equity and injustices in social institutions and systems, the Sociology program at Arcadia University features a strong commitment to social justice.

What to Expect

  • Learn to think, read and write critically, to analyze social institutions, and to understand how organizations influence how we live and interact as groups
  • Become a part of the intellectual life of the University in a liberal arts tradition that helps students develop analytic proficiency, evaluative assessment and polished writing
  • Be transformed by knowledge and potential
  • Take your place in a nurturing community of students, faculty, and staff where ideas are supported and dialogue is encouraged.

Career Paths

All Sociology majors take a group of core courses and then choose Sociology electives based on individual career goals. The major can be applied in a variety of employment settings, including

  • Universities
  • Public agencies at the federal, state or local level
  • Businesses or industrial firms, and
  • Research institutes in the non-profit or advocacy sector.

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

Whatever your career path, as a sociology major you would meet regularly with your adviser to develop and review your academic plan and career goals.

Internships and Practicum

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, non profit agencies, girls empowerment groups, the U.S. Marshall’s Office. 

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.