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Enroll in Edinboro’s Bachelor of Arts in Sociology program to develop marketable analytical and research skills and gain knowledge about the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions and processes that exist in our society. Sociology is an exciting discipline with expanding opportunities for a wide range of rewarding career paths.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Edinboro's comprehensive Sociology program offers classes that address fundamental sociological questions and social issues such as racial, class, and gender inequality, violence and victimization, disparities in healthcare, and global social problems. Students are acquainted with a variety of research approaches including surveys, in-depth interviews, ethnography, focus groups, evaluation assessment and big data. The training graduates receive allows them to assume a variety of professional positions and positively contribute to societal change.

Expert faculty bring experience working in research, community development, and industry to illustrate how sociological analysis can be applied to everyday situations. You will also develop knowledge to work with people from diverse backgrounds, craft social policy, and implement and evaluate social programs.

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 effect change in the context of your job, your family, your community and the broader society.

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Alumni Success

There are employment opportunities for Sociology graduates in every industry in the modern workplace. Our alumni have found success in the fields of education, health and human services, government, criminal justice, community relations, business and environmental services.  Here are just a few career achievements of some recent graduates below.

  • Julie Churchill Small, 2016 BA SOC , PA Department of Human Services, Case Manager Public Welfare Office, Erie
  • Delois Wayne Bender, 2016 BA SOC, Stairways Behavioral Health, Nurses Aide Supervisor
  • Elizabeth Mansfield, 2016 BA SOC, Currently Masters Candidate Data Analytics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ella Regan, 2016 BA SOC, Currently Masters Candidate, Community Counseling (Edinboro University)
  • Jideobi Ezeonu, 2014 BA SOC, Currently a graduate candidate in Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire
  • Marquelle Knight, 2014 BA SOC, Erie Insurance Group, Claims Adjuster
  • Annette DelCimmuto Mackay, 2013 BA SOC; 2015 MA Public Policy, Duquesne University; Currently PhD Candidate, Public Administration/Sociology, West Virginia University
  • Kevin Barber, 2013 BA SOC, MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Edinboro University), Residential Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Gaudenzia, Erie PA
  • PJ Gillece, 2013 BA SOC, Currently MA Candidate, Department of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Alexa L. Brill, 2013 BA SOC, The Arc of Pennsylvania, Communications Associate
  • Debra S. Cole, 2013, BA SOC, The City of Erie City Treasurer, Auditor Accountant

How Edinboro Supports You.

At PennWest Edinboro, we recognize that experiential learning is a valuable tool that complements classroom learning and helps you make informed career decisions. Recently our Sociology majors have engaged in a variety of research and practice oriented internships at regional organizations including:

  • Family Services of NWPA
  • Mission Empower
  • Erie International Institute
  • Office of Children and Youth
  • Greater Erie Area Community Action Committee
  • Local political campaigns
  • Red Cross
  • Stairways Behavioral Health
  • Creature Comforts Animal Clinic
  • Erie County Prison

Your Future

Upon completion of your Sociology undergraduate program, you may work in a variety of roles, ranging from substance abuse counselor to a human resource coordinator to a data analyst  or community program manager. Many of our alumni go on to graduate programs at prestigious universities, including:

  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Vermont
  • Duquesne University
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Pittsburgh

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Samuel Claster
Department Chair
281 Dearborn Hall
Phone: 814-732-1551

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