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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.

About the Drexel Co-Op

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

  • 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.
  • Headshot of Tetyana Yevdosyuk Students Share Co-op Experiences in the College of Arts and Sciences During the spring/summer co-op, the College of Arts and Sciences invested $425,000 to offer 51 positions for students to pursue. Two students, Victoria Wible and Tetyana Yevdosyuk, share their experiences.
  • A man casts a fishing net over a river CoAS Faculty and Research Featured in EXEL Magazine The new issue of EXEL, Drexel University’s research magazine, features a number of articles on College of Arts and Sciences faculty members, departments, centers and programs, recognizing the significant contributions they have made to research and discoveries.
  • Two students are at an event. Both are smiling and one student has her arms raised above her head in celebration. College to Mark Return to Campus with ‘CoAS Comes Back!’ Celebration The College of Arts and Sciences, recognized by President John Fry as “the heart of the University,” presents CoAS Comes Back! on Tuesday, October 5, from 3 to 7 p.m., in Drexel Park. All Arts and Sciences students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to gather, connect in person, and enjoy food, fun and music.
  • 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.

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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 |

Contact Us

Department of Sociology

3201 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104