Overview of the Sociology Program

What will a major in sociology prepare you to do? You will find sociology majors in many different occupations. Employment opportunities with a bachelor’s degree include entry-level positions in the following areas: advertising, banking, counseling, consulting, criminal justice, health services, human resources, marketing, sales and social research.

In addition to a strong GPA, employers seek applicants who have a broad educational background and who acquire real world experience. The Department encourages students to participate in the internship program through which students earn credit while working at community agencies (e.g. People’s Emergency Center, Catholic Social Services), criminal justice agencies (e.g. Philadelphia DA’s Office, Del. Co. Probation Dept.), or other agencies specific to their interests.

Liberal Arts students are very successful at entering the business world. Corporate recruiters are interested in serious students with strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills, as well as computer literacy and familiarity with research and statistics. All of these skills can be improved in the pursuit of a sociology bachelor’s degree at Villanova University.

Specific Objectives:

1.1   Students will reflexively connect individual experiences with larger social structures and forces.


Specific Objectives:

2.1 Students will gain a strong grasp of classical and contemporary sociological theories.

2.2 Students will compare and contrast the different theoretical perspectives.

2.3 Students will apply the theories to comprehend key social issues.



Specific Objectives:

3.1 Students will successfully design a research project.

3.2 Students will critically assess published research.

3.3 Students will develop theoretically informed hypotheses.

3.4 Students will test and analyze data.

3.5 Students will produce a comprehensive paper reporting their own research findings.

3.6 Students will become aware of ethical concerns related to the conduct of research.

Specific Objectives:

4.1 Students will acquire detailed knowledge of important social institutions, policies and cultural frameworks.

4.2 Students will learn how the foregoing social structures can both contribute to and ameliorate observed social inequalities.

Specific Objectives:

5.1 Students will be able to evaluate the importance of variation in social processes and outcomes by race, class, gender and other relevant social categories.

5.2 Students will compare and analyze social life across cultures.

5.3 Students will compare and analyze social life across historical periods.

Specific Objectives:

6.1 Students can convey their sociological knowledge in writing to a range of audiences, including the research community, policy makers and the general public.

6.2 Students can convey their sociological knowledge orally to a range of audiences, including the research community, policy makers and the general public.