Sociology is a diverse social science that brings both qualitative and quantitative/scientific methods to bear on understanding human and group or institutional behavior. The focus is on understanding the impact of social, cultural or interactional contexts on behavior (i.e., it's an "environmental" science that looks at how contextual factors guide or structure the choices people and groups make).

Where will your climb take you?

Your first step starts here! Our sociology program offers you the opportunity to look at various substantive areas in the discipline, as well as ample opportunity to explore personal interests and achieve academic success.

Faculty specialization and teaching interests include:

  • economic stratification
  • race and ethnicity
  • crime and deviance
  • family dynamics
  • the workplace
  • sports
  • community and population
  • mass media
  • environmental issues


Your journey upward awaits

Career options for students obtaining a bachelor’s degree in sociology are diverse. It is the basis for pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree in sociology, leading to careers in academia, research or applied sociology. Sociology graduates also find themselves in entry level corporate, non-profit organization and government agency jobs. The American Sociological Association is an excellent source of information about the value of majoring in sociology.

McCormick Center

Department Chairperson
  Chris Podeschi, Ph.D. |
Department Secretary
  Gwen Stancavage |

Department of Sociology, Social Work,
and Criminal Justice

2105 McCormick Center
Fax: 570-389-2019


Sociology Major
Sociology Major
Sociology Major

The Husky Difference

Sociology Panel Discussion

A broad career field

One degree. Three different career paths. And just the tip of the ice berg, according to a group of sociology graduates speaking at the 4th annual College of Liberal Arts Symposium.

“People don’t realize what a broad field this is and all the different career opportunities you can pursue with this degree,” said Lisa DeMelfi ’12, a market researcher at Fors Marsh Group in Arlington, Va.

Sociology Major

Applying sociology many ways

“Some of my friends who have graduated from other schools weren’t able to use their major hands-on while in school that when they graduated they were shocked. I was able to go to Boston, and present my own research, I've been able to write many articles on topics that interest me, and I have been able to take courses that have a hands-on and interactive curriculum, so when I finish here I know what my degree entails.”

    — Sheira Sosa '19
Sociology Research

Research takes centerstage

“I was able to apply the research methodology from my classes to complete and present my own research, both adding to my research experience and strengthening my resume. I also got to listen to a few east coast sociologists talk. Not only were these sessions interesting and informative, but also an opportunity for me to see more examples of what can be done with a graduate degree in sociology and get a glimpse into new research topics.”

    — Hosanna Mullen '20


Research in Sociology

Sociology majors are strongly encouraged to find an opportunity for experiential learning outside the classroom. Majors should consider doing independent research or taking our upper level research courses and then presenting their work in an on-campus forum or at a conference. The faculty are also involved individually in research and welcome the opportunity to involve motivated and diligent students in their work.

The sociology program has close ties with the Center for Community Research and Consulting, which provides numerous opportunities every year for undergraduates to get involved in diverse applied sociological research projects.

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) awards provides summer stipend support to students participating in summer research, scholarship, or creative activities. Students can receive a maximum stipend of up to $6,000 for a full-time project during the 12 weeks of summer session.

Sociology Internships

Sociology majors, particularly those less interested in research, are encouraged to consider internships during their junior or senior year, especially for students that are not planning on pursuing graduate study in sociology. Interns get placement in a wide variety of settings based on future career interests.

Possible sociology internship areas

  • criminal justice
  • social services
  • non-profit
  • public school settings

In consultation with the faculty internship supervisor and the supervisor at the internship site, we aim to make sure the student has a rewarding and enriching experience and one in which the tools of the sociological perspective are employed.