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Sociology, Human Services Track (B.A.)

B.A., Sociology,
Human Services Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You’ll Do

Caring about others comes naturally to some people, who possess the empathy and intellect to see outside their own experiences and understand what another person’s world is like. As a Sociology major pursuing the Human Services track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll find the training you’ll need to prepare for a career in human services, where you can make a difference in the world around you.

In your courses at IUP, you’ll study the causes of many of the problems that plague modern societies, such as poverty, racial discrimination, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Along with your other requirements, you’ll choose a set of five courses from one area of human services. The areas include medical sociology, gerontology, juvenile delinquency, interpersonal and family sociology, labor and industry, and community development. 

An internship is required in this track.  A minor may be added with careful planning. Some minors to consider are Women’s Studies, Child and Family Studies, Criminology, or Psychology. You could also explore another area of interest with a minor in Art, Theater, Dance, Journalism, or Religious Studies.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology following the Human Services track prepares you for a career in human services agencies, medical social work, probation and corrections, and community organizing.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of social scientists is expected to increase at an average pace of about 10 percent through 2016. However, employment of social workers, the report adds, is expected to increase by 22 percent from 2006 to 2016. One factor behind this growth is the growing elderly population. Job growth for mental health and substance abuse social workers may reach 30 percent during the decade forecasted, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Special Features


  • A Sociology honors program is available.
  • The IUP Department of Sociology hosts the Theta chapter of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors Society.
  • At the graduate level, IUP’s Department of Sociology offers a master’s degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies.
  • The Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI) is a consortium of academic and professional experts in the field of alcohol abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, and related mental health issues. MARTI, based at IUP, was formed in 1988 as a partnership between IUP and Gateway Rehabilitation Center of Greater Pittsburgh.