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Department of Sociology

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.

Sociology investigates how communities are formed and maintained and how people resist social conventions and inequalities. Drawing from Philadelphia's rich cultural landscape, Drexel's Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology educates students to examine the interplay between institutions and individuals to better understand how one’s life is shaped by society. Students develop strong skills in critical thinking, research design, research methods, data analysis, writing and public speaking in order to address contemporary social challenges.

Get Rooted in Social Justice

The Drexel Department of Sociology is committed to promoting social justice and advancing equality. Our students gain a deep understanding of structural inequalities, the dynamics of power and the development of "the sociological imagination.” They become effective change agents by actively participating in research, advocacy and community service across three major subfields: environmental sociology, health and medical sociology, and urban sociology.

Experience Hands-on Learning

We immerse students in sociological theory and methods through community-engaged and experiential instruction and by working closely with people who live in diverse communities. By connecting local and global field sites to classrooms, our students encounter research questions and educational insights firsthand. Instruction is built on a framework of mutual collaboration between faculty, students and community members. Drexel’s renowned cooperative education program allows students to explore their career options, build their résumés and foster a  professional network with three, six-month periods of full-time employment.

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Participate in Research

Sociology students participate in research with our faculty members, dedicated sociologists who work to expand findings beyond the academic setting and apply solutions to urgent social problems across communities. The Humanities and Social Sciences Labs and the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Drexel supports faculty and students who explore the forefront of public issues –including climate change, crime, environmental justice, new media, emergent technologies, urban sexuality and politics – through research and educational programs.

Career Options

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. Through critical reflection, hands-on experience and innovative instruction, each course, from the introductory to the capstone, enables sociology majors – and students from every Drexel College and School – to apply a lens of social justice to their academics, career and beyond.

Recent News

  • Graphic that reads Ending Environmental Racism: Understanding Social Forces, Fighting Local Battles Sociology Event Explores Intersection of Racial Justice and the Environment For decades, studies have shown that Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) communities and low-income communities face greater environmental and climate threats, while contributing the least to these problems. However, the environmental justice movement has not always considered how these populations are disproportionately affected by environmental issues. To call attention to environmental racism, the Department of Sociology kicked off a new series of social justice-themed events with a one-day symposium that featured academic, activist and policymaker perspectives.
  • Blue Drexel dragon logo CoAS Accomplishments in Brief We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Blue Drexel dragon logo CoAS Accomplishments in Brief We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Photo of Brad Nabors on a blue and gold Drexel background Meet Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology Brad Nabors, PhD Brad Nabors, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Sociology. He earned his PhD at the University of Southern California, where his dissertation focused on organized nonbelief and the normative boundaries of religious pluralism. Since 2015 he has taught a range of courses at Drexel, including Sociology of Health and Illness, Sociology of Deviance, Contemporary Sociological Theory and Introduction to Sociology.
  • Photo of Megan Bolton on a Drexel blue and gold background Meet Assistant Teaching Professor of Sociology Megan Bolton Megan Bolton, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her PhD in sociology from Indiana University, minoring in social science research methods and concentrating in medical sociology.

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Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Undergraduate Advising

Florette Press, Senior Academic Adviser, College of Arts and Sciences

Florette Press

Senior Academic Adviser
Disque Hall 109B
215.895.1716 |

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Department of Sociology

3201 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104