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B.A. in Sociology

Sociologists make change happen! One person can make a difference. Maybe that one person is you!

What can you do with a sociology degree?

Students graduating with a sociology degree are prepared to go into a variety of careers that include positions in the human services, case management departments, medical social work, counseling, administration and planning, probation and corrections, community organizing, policy development, research, and academics. Graduates of the Sociology program gain employment in diverse positions, such as caseworkers, medical/social workers, psychotherapists, intake workers, executive directors, probation officers, mental health therapists, administrative assistants, program coordinators, researchers, educators, community planners, sociologists, social activists, and federal, state, and local correction officers. A sociology degree is also an excellent preparation for careers in business and other professions.

If you are interested in an advanced degree, studying Sociology provides a good social sciences background for those interested in pursuing law degrees, MBAs, or other applied professional graduate study. Over the years, our students continue to be successful at pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees and indicate that they were well prepared for advance degree studies.

“Sociology is a discipline that many people don’t encounter until college. It takes a special person to study sociology, and once this special person has finally found the discipline, he/she falls in love with it immediately. The main premise of sociology is that the social world can be studied, interpreted, and changed to benefit the lives of all people. If you are a person who is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge for the sake of helping others, then sociology is probably for you. Sociologists change the world!” 
—Wes Roberts, Sociology graduate student

The Sociology Department is very proud of its undergraduate alumni and the many contributions that they are making to their communities. Today’s world is one in which social services-related careers are becoming an important part of society. IUP Sociology students are being prepared to fill the spaces in these careers, and our graduates can be found working throughout Pennsylvania, the United States, and other nations. The diversity of their employment situations attests to their abilities, and they are using these situations to better themselves and the lives of many others.

  • Sociology Department
  • McElhaney Hall, Room 102
    441 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2730
  • Fax: 724-357-4842
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.