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Sociology - BA

Study and understand differences in people’s beliefs and ways of life and learn about family structures and gender issues.

WHY STUDY SOCIOLOGY?

Sociology will open your mind and help you be aware of social change and different views in society and will help you empathize with others.
Sociology is a perspective and set of techniques for analyzing social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists pay special attention to the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how these structures shape interactions and relationships among people. This perspective will encourage you to observe and think critically about your own and other societies and to become more sensitive to behavioral and value differences among people.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You’ll take courses in social problems, psychology, sociological theory and research, culture, ethnicity, gender and aging. You’ll get hands-on training by researching a topic the presenting it at the Penn York Undergraduate Research Conference. You may even get your research published. Our have studied women who tend bar, baseball players; rituals, why people dance, and the effects of divorce on children.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY?

When you graduate, you'll be prepared to work in many areas.

Job titles:

  • Autistic support aide
  • Case manager
  • Intellectual disabilities support coordinator
  • Drug and alcohol treatment specialist

Employers:

  • Government
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Research firms
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Social service agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Business and industry
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community organizations
  • Correctional facilities
My academic experience was excellent. All of my professors were very helpful and approachable. Karen Clow ’17, graduate student at Grand Canyon University