Within the sociology department at Saint Joseph’s University, most of our research and teaching is grounded in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. Join us as we ask a range of questions: why do so few of us live in racially diverse neighborhoods? What social factors lead to domestic violence? How do working class students experience collegiate life at wealthy universities? Can low-income Philadelphia residents feed their families healthy food on a SNAP budget? How does the media and our environment shape our perceptions of our body images?
You’ll study these issues to better understand the social world around you and, in the spirit of Jesuit education, to teach others that they can make a difference by being "men and women with and for others."
The Department of Sociology understands the value of internship opportunities for you and works hard to support you in finding internships. Sociology majors are able to take part in a wide-variety of opportunities including The Washington Center, The Saint Joseph’s Summer Scholars Program, The Inside-Out program and other service-learning experiences. As a major, you are also able to co-author works with your professors.
As a graduate, you will be able to pursue a career as a counselor, lawyer, social worker, teacher, police officer, detective, researcher, professor, advertiser, health care administrator and many other professional career options.