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Sociology, General Track (B.A.)

B.A., Sociology,
General Sociology Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You’ll Do

How and why people act as they do can represent a fascinating puzzle. As a Sociology major pursuing the General Sociology track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll study theories and examine research as you explore the way human beings behave both independently and in concert with one another.

Among the majors offered by the Department of Sociology, the General Sociology track is considered a good option for those planning to pursue graduate studies. In arranging your schedule, you’ll choose a variety of courses in your major. Some of the courses you may choose to take include Social Stratification, Social Welfare Policy, Delinquency and Youth, Disability and Society, Sociology of Aging, Native Americans, and Sociology of Education.

This track also offers a host of free electives, making it possible to add a double major, minor, or internship.  Some minors to consider are Women’s Studies, Anthropology, 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 General Sociology track prepares you for graduate school or for careers in areas such as human services, counseling, medical social work, administration and planning, probation and corrections, community organizing, and research.

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.