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Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology is investigating the values and incentives embedded in social norms, policies and institutions to better address issues of social justice and equality.

In Drexel’s Department of Sociology, faculty and students study social behavior and structural inequality to address contemporary social challenges. Drexel sociology majors and minors are trained to identify hidden biases embedded in social norms, policies and institutions, which often privilege certain groups while making others vulnerable. Under the guidance of faculty, students develop strong skills in critical thinking, research design, research methods, data analysis, writing and public speaking.

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel’s renowned cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process.

Learn more about the Drexel Co-Op Program

Research

Our faculty members are dedicated public sociologists who aim to bring their research to audiences beyond the academic community and apply their findings to current social problems. The department’s research strengths lie in environmental sociology, medical sociology and urban sociology.

Career Opportunities

Sociologists work in a wide variety of settings. Our students may go on to serve as research analysts for health care agencies, governments and market research firms. Others bring their analytical skills and research methods training to careers in urban planning, survey research, public relations, organizational management, trend analysis and public policy.

Recent News

  • Drexel MS Public Policy Student Emily Glassman Sociology Alumni Spotlight: Emily Glassman Sociology Professor Kelly Joyce, PhD, sat down with Emily Glassman, MS Public Policy '19 to talk about her experiences getting her Bachelor's degree in Sociology at Drexel.
  • Book and notebook open on a table in a library Winter Courses How does gender affect the formation of knowledge? How can physics bridge communities? Discuss sociological contexts of global health, modern implications of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophy and more in these new and noteworthy winter courses.
  • Laurel Smith-Doerr, Kelly Joyce, Susan Sterett, Elisa Martinez Whose Analysis? Whose Expertise?: Partnering for Better Data Analytics for Small Cities On October 20, 2017, Kelly Joyce, PhD, Drexel University, and Susan Sterett, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, gave a talk at University of Massachusetts, Amherst titled “Whose Analysis? Whose Expertise?: Partnering for Better Data Analytics for Small Cities.”
  • Drexel Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology Kelly Underman Meet Sociology Prof Kelly Underman Assistant Professor of Sociology Kelly Underman, PhD, talks growing up in the Midwest, moving to a new city and her hidden strength.
  • Drexel Alumni and Astronaut Christopher Ferguson goes through a suit fit check

    Mobility Futures, Astronauts, Islands, Caribbean Survival and Infrastructural Justice

    Mimi Sheller, PhD, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy delivered an invited lecture on “Uneven Mobility Futures: Inequality, Justice and Power” for the Grinnell College, Center for the Humanities Speaker Series on March 1, 2017.

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Admissions

Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kelly.a.schimpf@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Florette Press

Florette Press

Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.895.1805 | coas@drexel.edu

Mark Costello

Mark Costello

Assistant Dean and Academic Adviser
3201 Arch Street, Suite 100
215.895.2590 | coas@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Sociology

3600 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.1314 | dma34@drexel.edu