Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edinboro University

Help to create a more equitable society with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

The study of sociology involves every aspect of human existence. As a Sociology major at Edinboro University, you will learn to examine the groups, cultures, organizations and social institutions and processes that exist in our society. Along the way you’ll gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of social interactions and social change.

Our comprehensive program focuses on social diversity, participatory democracy, civic engagement and social and economic justice. Expert faculty bring experience working in industry and consulting to illustrate how sociological concepts apply to everyday situations, providing you with a background in sociological analysis and research methods. You will also learn the interactional skills necessary to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Whether you choose to enter the workforce or continue your education in graduate school, you will gain strong technical abilities and professional competencies that will empower you to affect change in the context of your job, your family, your community and the broader society.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Facilitate change and create social good.

The Department of Sociology envisions a more equitable society built upon vibrant social relations, sustainable communities and inclusive institutions guided by the principles of diversity, participatory democracy, civic engagement, economic and community development, as well as social and economic justice.

Hands-on, real-world experience is hard to beat.

At Edinboro University, we recognize that experiential learning is a valuable tool that complements classroom learning and helps you make informed career decisions. Recently our students have engaged in research and applied practice field studies here on campus, and helped to implement programs in, and carry out research projects for, Edinboro University’s Office of Social Equity. Recent students have completed internships at non-profit and for-profit organizations such as:

Ashtabula County Youth Detention Center

Erie International Institute

Franklin County Jail

Greater Erie Area Community Action Committee

Local political campaigns

Red Cross

Stairways Behavioral Health

Alumni success.

There are fields of sociology - and employment opportunities - in every industry in the modern workplace. Some of our alumni have pursued graduate programs at prestigious universities, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh and Case Western Reserve. Others have found success in the fields of education, health and human services, government, criminal justice, community relations, business and environmental services, working as:

Behavior specialists

Benefits managers

Case managers

Customer service representatives

Field directors

Human resource coordinators

Independent living specialists

Marketing assistants

Program managers

Research analysts

Substance abuse counselors

Veteran Affairs coordinators

"Our department creates a genuine space to cultivate our majors’ sociological imaginations as well as the research and professional skills necessary to improve social conditions for themselves and others. Whatever fields our graduates go into, they take a bit of the spirit of our department out into the world, and that is our greatest contribution to society."

Dr. Samuel Claster, Chair, Department of Sociology


Dr. Samuel Claster, Department Chair
Phone: 814.732.1551

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000