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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 Social Science Lab, Urban Sexuality Lab, and the Center for Science, Technology & 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. The Center for Mobilities Research and Policy (mCenter) is a nexus for innovative collaborations that examine global issues from the interaction of mobile technology and public space to the future of sustainable transport. The mCenter combines interdisciplinary approaches to the study of travel, transport, migration, borders and mobile communication into one overarching framework.

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

  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue 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.
  • A screenshot of Kejsi Ruka's presentation titled Understanding Labor Union Views on Energy Futures Sophomore Kejsi Ruka Goes from STAR Scholar to Award Winner Global Studies major Kejsi Ruka recently presented her research at the Stanford Student Research Conference, where she was awarded Best Poster in the Qualitative Social Science Research Category. Her conference poster presented her analysis of what unionized energy workers think about energy transitions and the future of energy in the United States.
  • Screenshot of Victoria Wible presenting her research on Analyzing Union Apprenticeship and Training Opportunities in a Clean Energy Transition Junior Victoria Wible Tackles Energy Transitions in Sociology Co-op

    Victoria Wible, a sociology major and research assistant on co-op this spring with the Labor and Energy Project at Drexel, presented her research at the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Science Conference, organized through Lebanon Valley College.

  • Headshots of Tim Hanlon and Angel Hogan

    #ForeverDragons: Save the Date for the CoAS Commencement 2021

    On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the College of Arts and Sciences will celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021 with a virtual commencement. The ceremony will be live-streamed from Mandell Theater, where a small party of dignitaries and speakers will gather.

  • Feeling Medicine by Kelly Underman, PhD “Feeling Medicine:” Q&A on Medicine and the Pelvic Exam Pelvic exams play a pivotal role in medical education, often representing the first time medical students touch real humans in a professional manner. In her new book “Feeling Medicine,” published by NYU Press, medical sociologist Kelly Underman, PhD, takes us inside gynecological teaching programs — drawing from in-depth interviews with students, faculty and the gynecological teaching associates who use their own bodies to teach the exam.

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Department of Sociology

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Philadelphia, PA 19104