The Sociology program at Edinboro University is a comprehensive and engaging degree
program. that develops skills such as research design, data collection and analysis,
report writing, survey methods, interviewing techniques, group facilitation, strategic
planning, policy analysis, community organizing, and program development and evaluation.
Hands-on, real-world experience is hard to beat! Edinboro University recognizes that
experiential learning is a valuable tool in helping students to make career decisions
and in complementing formal classroom learning.
Edinboro Sociology students have interned at the Office of Children and Youth, Stairways
Behavioral Health, the Greater Erie Community Action Committee, Mission Empower, Family
Services of NWPA, Erie County Prison, Child and Family Connections, The Erie International
Institute, American Red Cross, Creature Comforts Animal Clinic and many other social
and human service organizations.
Beyond these non-profit institutional settings, students have interned for local political
campaigns as well as a variety of for-profit organizations. Students can also engage
in research and applied practice for credit toward our degree programs. Students have
worked with the Office of Student Engagement as well as the Office of Social Equity
here on campus to implement programming and design and execute research projects while
receiving valuable training in Title IV policy.
Students who are interested in internship experiences are encouraged to contact the
Sociology Department internship coordinator or visit the Center for Career Development’s internship webpages for more information.
“Factors Influencing Pennsylvania School Districts Return to School Since the COVID-19
This project involved original data collection that was quantitatively analyzed for
a poster presentation at the Fall Creative Works and Research Event at California
University of Pennsylvania.
“Healthy U? A Qualitative Assessment of the Student Experience with Campus Healthcare.”
Focus groups were assembled to discuss the healthcare services on campus and the results
were shared with the campus healthcare center and presented at the Edinboro Celebration
“Edinboro University Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct, Reporting, and Resources.”
Student worked with faculty and administrators to design and implement a survey concerning
sexual misconduct on Edinboro’s campus. The student was awarded $400 from Alpha Kappa
Delta, the International Sociological Society, and presented the project at several
conferences including the NCSA, the PSS and the Edinboro Celebration of Scholarship.
“Undergraduate Student’s Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracking.”
With the help of faculty, the student designed and implemented a survey for this project
and won both the Provost’s Choice Award at the Edinboro Celebration of Scholarship
and the Undergraduate Paper Award at the PSS. It was published in the 32nd volume
of Sociological Viewpoints.
Equipped with research, critical thinking and communication skills, Sociology graduates
find success in a variety of professional settings. Edinboro Sociology alumni work
in a variety of fields including community relations, governmental organizations,
health care, environmental services, research consulting, criminal justice, education,
and human services agencies. They also excel in areas such as human services, marketing,
product testing and development. Graduates have attended graduate school at the University
of Chicago, Ohio State, Penn State, Duquesne University, the University of Vermont,
University of Pittsburgh and Case Western Reserve University for programs in areas
such as Sociology, law, social policy, social work and counseling.
The EU Center for Career Development assists students at the onset of their professional lives with many outstanding services
including resume building, interviewing and networking skills, and offering numerous
job fair opportunities annually both on- and off-campus.
Sociology Success Stories
Research analysts, community organizers, case managers, public educators, data specialists,
field directors, independent living specialists, marketing assistants, compliance
officers and lawyers have built the foundations of their success at Edinboro University,
and so can you.
Shaquan Walker, '16
Client Services Manager, BAYADA Home Health Care
"If you want to challenge yourself to become a leader based on human principles, then
the Edinboro Sociology program is for you."
Nicolas Pistory, '18
Graduate Student, Buffalo School of Law
"I loved my time in the Sociology Department. The faculty were great and really
Morgan Adams, '18
Administrative Assistant, Jefferson Educational Society
"The Sociology Department was like a second family to me. They always encouraged
me to do my best and reach my full potential. I never walked into the department without
learning something new."
Laura Power, '17
Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania
"I loved my time in the department. My favorite thing about it was the program's
emphasis on practical experience and applying the principles of sociology to everyday
life in order to improve society."
Annette Mackay, '13
Doctoral Student, West Virginia University
"I am grateful for my experience at Edinboro University, and I owe my successes
to the mentorship of the faculty in the Department of Sociology."
Sociology 240 Dearborn Hall 205 Darrow Road Edinboro, PA 16444 Phone: 814-732-2573