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, health care, social policy analysis, and schools
- Minors in Cultural Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Gender and Women’s Studies and Pan African 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.
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 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.
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.
A major in Sociology can be combined with a minor in International Studies for those students who are interested in acquiring practical experience in international affairs and who want a more global understanding of the world. The program is supplementary to the major and can readily mesh with the student’s individually tailored curriculum in Sociology.
The International Studies minor combines study abroad with international courses here at Arcadia University and modern language preparation. (See the International Studies section of the Undergraduate Catalog for minor requirements.)
The minor in Anthropology offers students the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of cultures around the world. Students majoring in fields such as Art, Business, Communications, Education, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Pre-Law, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Medicine or Psychology will find that anthropological theory and method both complement and challenge their understanding of the world.
The Criminal Justice minor provides students with the conceptual and research knowledge necessary to think critically about issues in criminal justice. Further, the program creates and instills a set of values respecting human individuality and dignity that will guide the manner in which criminal justice tasks and responsibilities are carried out. The criminal justice minor, in conjunction with a student’s major, also builds a base of knowledge and constructs a process of evaluation and critical inquiry upon which criminal justice professional training and/or graduate-level education can readily take place. See the Criminal Justice section in the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.
The minor in Sociology provides an opportunity for students majoring in fields such as Business, Communications, Education, Political Science, Pre-Law, Pre-Physical Therapy and Psychology to select courses that will provide them with sociological and anthropological theory and research findings useful to their careers and enriching to their lives in the liberal arts tradition.
A minor in Gender and Women’s Studies offers an in-depth study of women and women’s issues from the perspective of different disciplines. Informed by varied feminist paradigms, the minor provides the opportunity to analyze and integrate knowledge from the unique vantage point of gender. Along with core courses in the social sciences and humanities, students can concentrate on critical aspects of women’s lives, such as the intersection of race, class and gender.
See specific course listings for all minors under respective disciplines: Gender and Women’s Studies (Interdisciplinary Programs), Cultural Anthropology and Criminal Justice.