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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

  • Faculty members gather at the Innovation Incubator kickoff event

    College of Arts and Sciences Launches Innovation Incubator for Faculty Collaboration

    The Arts and Sciences Innovation Incubator brings together faculty members in diverse areas of expertise to collaborate on research projects that find creative ways to address some of our society's most challenging obstacles.

  • Drexel's College of Arts and Sciences offers various summer programs for high school students

    Experience Immersive Learning in Drexel’s Pre-College Summer Programs

    Drexel’s research-rich summer institutes offer dynamic learning experiences that help high school students develop real-world skills. This year, the College of Arts and Sciences presents five programs that introduce students to various topics in the humanities, social sciences and STEM fields. 

  • The 2024 Sociology Film Series will highlight Native American stories

    2024 Sociology Film Series Highlights Native American Stories

    This year, the Sociology Film Series will feature three documentaries that showcase the rich history and cultures of Indigenous peoples and their growing movements to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities.

  • CoAS faculty published many books in 2022

    Celebrating CoAS Authors

    Congratulations to the College of Arts and Sciences faculty and students who were honored at the 11th annual Celebrating Drexel Authors event. Hosted by the Drexel University Libraries and the Office of the Provost, this event recognized members of the Drexel community who authored or edited books or highly-cited journal articles in 2022. 

  • 2023 Sociology Film Series explores medical sociology

    2023 Sociology Film Series Highlights Disability Stories

    For the first time since the pandemic, the Department of Sociology will present its annual Sociology Film Series in person this winter. The series, featuring three films focused on medical sociology, underscores key concepts being taught in the classroom and provides a platform for people living with disabilities to share their stories.


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Department of Sociology

3201 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104