Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Sociology investigates how communities are formed and maintained and how people resist social conventions and inequalities. Drexel's BA in Sociology trains students to study the interplay between institutions and individuals to better understand how one’s life is shaped by society.
Students also develop strong skills in critical thinking, research design, research methods, data analysis, writing and public speaking in order to address contemporary social challenges.
About the Curriculum
Sociological approaches can be used to study numerous aspects of social life — from consumer behavior to barriers to environmental change. Students can customize the curriculum to fit their interests or choose from one of three tracks that build on faculty research and expertise: environmental, medical, or urban sociology. Training in these areas will prepare students to tackle major contemporary challenges.
Environmental sociologists investigate the social causes of environmental problems and identify solutions. Students of environmental sociology ask questions such as: Why is climate change controversial in the United States? How do communities organize, document and challenge exposure to pollution? Why does Pennsylvania allow hydraulic fracturing while New York has banned it?
Medical sociologists research how cultural, political and economic contexts impact medical practice and vice versa. Students interested in medical sociology tackle questions such as: How do gender norms shape why boys are unlikely to receive the HPV vaccine in the U.S.? How do gender, race and class shape clinician-patient interactions? What role does the pharmaceutical industry play in contemporary medicine?
Urban sociologists identify the practices and policies that create vibrant, safe cities, as well as those that decrease resilience. As urban sociologists, students address questions such as: What role do social networks play in neighborhood responses to heat waves or hurricanes? What effects does alternative media have on city life? How do public spaces contribute to urban social cohesion?
A unique feature of the curriculum, the Seminar in Sociology brings together sociology majors of all levels to think through important social trends and practices. Students take this discussion-based seminar at least three times throughout the program, building community among majors and providing students with a comprehensive understanding of sociological approaches.