About the B.A. in Sociology
Sociology and Anthropology, with their emphasis on understanding human culture and behavior, provides students with global and local perspectives and the ability to think systemically about the world around us. 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.
- Preparation for graduate school in a variety of careers
- Preparation for diverse careers including social and human services, business, law, healthcare, social policy analysis, and schools
- Minors in Anthropology, Criminal Justice, and Gender and Women’s Studies
- Internship and practicum opportunities
- Senior research project
- Opportunities for faculty-student research
- Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities in the world
At the core of the curriculum is the study of social inequalities and social justice, with emphasis on the social institutions and systems that shape and individual’s and a group’s role within society. The breadth, adaptability and utility of sociology lead to many employment opportunities for graduates as it teaches you to think, read and write critically, to analyze social institutions and to understand how organizations influence how we live and interact as groups. Grounded in a liberal arts tradition, the degree in sociology helps students develop specific skills, such as analytic proficiency, evaluative assessment and polished writing.
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.
All Sociology majors take a group of core courses and then choose Sociology electives based on individual career goals. Students and their advisers meet regularly to develop and review their academic plan and career goals.
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
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, non profit agencies, girls empowerment groups, the US 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.