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Social Explorers, Policy Influencers

Investigating the values and incentives embedded in social norms, policies, and institutions to better address issues of social justice and equality.

Department of Sociology

In Drexel's Department of Sociology, faculty and students study social behavior and structural inequality in order to address contemporary social challenges. 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.

Degrees Offered

Student Spotlight

"My Drexel career as a sociology major has made me a well-rounded and holistic person who is informed in multiple social science disciplines."

Ariane Heffinck
BA Sociology '15

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 resumes and building a professional network in the process.

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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.

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More Faculty
Robert Brulle, PhD

Robert Brulle, PhD

Critical Theory & Social Movements

Mimi Sheller, PhD

Mimi Sheller, PhD

Sustainable Mobility & Mobility Justice

Susan Bell, PhD

Susan Bell, PhD

Health & Illness

Diane Sicotte, PhD

Environmental Inequality & Injustice

Career Opportunities

Sociologists work in a wide variety of settings. Some 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.

An undergraduate degree in sociology is also excellent preparation for law, medical, or business school, and for graduate work in such fields as sociology, science and technology studies, public policy, political science, business or anthropology.

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Department of Sociology
3600 Market Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104

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