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Department of Sociology

Welcome to the Sociology Department!

Are you a “people watcher” and curious about human behavior? If you enjoy finding out how and why people do the things they do, you will enjoy sociology.

Sociologists theorize and use systematic observations and analysis to study people interacting in social groups, to make their behavior understandable. Sociologists also change the world and make a difference through sociological practice.

The Department of Sociology offers students a broad liberal arts education and encourages them to think critically about the social world. We provide excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers, in areas such as (but not limited to) human services, counseling, administration and planning, probation and corrections, community organizing, teaching, and research. The department also prepares students for graduate studies in sociology, social work, and other fields, and professional studies such as law school.

We welcome you to explore what our department has to offer!

Information Night

Now accepting applications for the 2016 cohort!  Apply now to get your PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies! 

Stay tuned for an update on the Information Night in Harrisburg, Pa. in spring 2016 for the 2017 PhD cohort.

About Sociology
More about the Department of Sociology: We offer five degree programs.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty members and staff of the Department of Sociology.
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  • 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.