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Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology is investigating the values and incentives embedded in social norms, policies and institutions to better address issues of social justice and equality.

In Drexel’s Department of Sociology, faculty and students study social behavior and structural inequality to address contemporary social challenges. 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. Under the guidance of faculty, students develop strong skills in critical thinking, research design, research methods, data analysis, writing and public speaking.

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel’s renowned cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their résumés and building a professional network in the process.

Learn more about the Drexel Co-Op Program

Research

Our faculty members are dedicated public sociologists who aim to bring their research to audiences beyond the academic community and apply their findings to current social problems. The department’s research strengths lie in environmental sociology, medical sociology and urban sociology.

Career Opportunities

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.

Recent News

  • Drexel Humanities and Social Sciences Lab Humanities and Social Sciences Lab Open House Fosters Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Drexel Student Stephanie Oppenheim Student Spotlight: Sociology Major Discusses Her Minor in STS Data science major Laurel Vaughan interviewed Stephanie Oppenheim, a sociology major with minors in political science and science, technology and society, about her decision to minor in STS.
  • Tale of the Mysterious Manuscripts, Illustration by Drexel Student Natalie Vaughn ’18 Field Notes The Unsung, Unpublished Adventures of Drexel Researchers in the Field
  • Drexel Sociology Alumni Christopher Bonnaig Student Spotlight: Christopher Bonnaig, BA Sociology ‘15 Christopher Bonnaig graduated from Drexel University in 2015, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Communication, Magna Cum Laude. He is currently in law school at the Georgetown University Law Center. During his time at Drexel, Christopher participated in a co-op at the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection.  He describes his co-op experience as the “perfect marriage of my academic interest in Sociology and professional interest in a legal career”, and lauds his supervisors as “incredibly helpful mentors”, who he still keeps in touch with today.
  • Ethics of Algorithms NSF-Backed Study Investigates the Ethics of Algorithms Computer algorithms — the sequences of instructions or rules computers follow to solve problems — influence many aspects of our lives, from the products we buy to the people we date and even the jobs we are offered. But who makes algorithms and code, and how do their values translate into the work they do? That's what Kelly Joyce, PhD, wanted to find out in 2013, when she and a fellow researcher were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their study, The Ethics of Algorithms.

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Admissions

Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 | kelly.a.schimpf@drexel.edu

Undergraduate Advising

Florette Press

Florette Press

Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.895.1805 | coas@drexel.edu

Mark Costello

Mark Costello

Assistant Dean and Academic Adviser
3201 Arch Street, Suite 100
215.895.2590 | coas@drexel.edu

Contact Us

Department of Sociology

3600 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.1314 | dma34@drexel.edu