APPLIED SOCIOLOGY
BACHELOR OF ARTS

Mercyhurst University's bachelor of arts degree in applied sociology provides a core of knowledge, fist hand experience with conducting research, and the necessary social values to prepare students for careers or advanced degrees in the field of sociology. The program maintains an educational philosophy characterized by the sharing of learning between professor and student. Students with sociological research and theoretical skills will find themselves with a critical vantage point to prepare for the emergent occupational roles within our rapidly changing society. The department offers senior students options for a thesis, local internship, paid cooperative education placement or a Washington, D.C. internship. Topics of study include Sociology, Families in a Changing Society, Human Needs and Global Problems, Contemporary Social Problems, Sociological Research Methods, Human Trafficking, Contemporary Sociological Theory, Statistics in Social Science, and Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice.

Mercyhurst offers a criminology concentration to Applied Sociology majors interested in the study of crime and criminals. In addition to the six core requirements, the requirements for the concentration include:

  • SOC 230: Criminology
  • SOC 337: Sociology of Law OR CRJS 310: Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure OR CRJS 214: Court and Legal Concepts
  • SOC 204: Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice
  • PSYC 350: Antecedents of Aggression OR CRJS 290: Race and Justice
  • SOC 352: Seminar: Political Crime and Terrorism
  • Two Criminology Electives

The program in Sociology maintains an educational philosophy characterized by the sharing of learning between professor and student. Students with sociological research and theoretical skills will send themselves with a critical vantage point to prepare for the emergent occupational roles our rapidly changing society is bringing forth. The department offers senior students options for a thesis, local internship, paid cooperative education placement, or Washington, DC internships.

A 21-credit social welfare minor is offered for students wishing to enhance their chosen degree program. Students in this program must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in minor courses. 

Topics of Study, include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • World Cultures
  • Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice
  • Global Programs and Social Change
  • Human Trafficking
 
 

Contact Us

Elizabeth Sanders, MSSA
Chair, Department of Applied Sociology/Social Work
Office: Preston 108
Phone: 814-824-2693
Email: esanders@mercyhurst.edu