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.

Students majoring in Sociology should study and demonstrate understanding of the following:

Students should be able to:
a. describe how Sociology is distinct from other social sciences.
b. apply the sociological imagination to social facts (e.g., an increase in divorce rates, or racial differences in standardized test scores).

Students should be able to:
a. describe the role of theory in building sociological knowledge.
b. compare and contrast the different theoretical perspectives.
c. apply these theories to social conditions.

Students should be able to:
a. identify the basic methodological approaches in building sociological knowledge.
b. compare and contrast various research methodologies.
c. design and complete a written research project.
d. critically assess published research.

Students should be able to:
a. understand the role of data analysis in building sociological knowledge and testing theory.
b. use computer software for statistical analysis.
c. understand appropriate statistical techniques.
d. draw valid conclusions from the data analysis.

Students should be able to:
a. describe different social institutions and their various influences on the individual.
b. explain how the aforementioned institutions are interrelated.
c. evaluate them using sociological theory.

Students should be able to:
a. describe the significance of variation by race, class, gender, religion and age.
b. explain patterns and variations using sociological theory.
c. justify policy recommendations to address social inequalities.

Students should be able to:
a. produce well written papers that clearly express sociological knowledge.
b. clearly express sociological knowledge in verbal presentations.
c. demonstrate critical thinking.