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Sociology and Social Work

Clarion University’s academic structure has recently been reorganized. The information on these pages is valid for students who began their degrees prior to fall 2014.

For students looking for information about degrees in the new academic structure, it can be found on the college web pages:

College of Arts, Education and Sciences
College of Business Administration and Information Science
Venango College

For students seeking information about degree programs prior to fall 2014, it is available in the 2013-15 Undergraduate Catalog or in the 2013-15 Graduate Catalog.

A new catalog reflecting the reorganized academic structure will be available this fall. Curricular questions should be directed to your academic advisor.

student-1The field of sociology explores the social and cultural influences on social behavior, the dynamics of social interaction and inequality, social institutions, change, and social problems. The sociology major is beneficial to anyone who is interested in working closely with people and, in this sense, career possibilities are practically unlimited. Types of entry-level jobs available to graduates in sociology include: social service agencies, community organizations, and government agencies as well as business. Sociology also teaches skills that are beneficial and related to further studies in law, criminology, teaching, social work, and business.

The sociology program provides students with knowledge in areas such as theory, research methods, inequality, family, social problems, deviance, and conflict resolution. The interdisciplinary nature of our department offers students the unique opportunity of taking social work classes as part of the sociology degree. We offer students a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology as well as minors in sociology and social work.


Internships are required of all social work minors and highly recommended for all sociology majors and minors. Professional organizations for majors include Alpha Kappa Delta, a national sociology honorary society and the Sociology/Social Work Club.

Sociology (B.A.) Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to communicate effectively using oral and written communication.

  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of social theory

  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method and demonstrate the ability to critically analyze written information within sociology.

  4. Graduates will recognize diversity and inequality in American society and its implication for social change and social justice.

  5. Graduates of the BA degree in Sociology will develop skills useful in future employment and civic engagement.


SOCIOLOGY, B.A. 52-53 credits
Required: SOC 211, 310, 450, and 24 additional credits in sociology, up to 12 credits in social work courses can be counted toward the major and chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. In addition, the following courses are required: ANTH 211, HIST 113, PSY 211, PS 211, either ECON 211 or 212, ECON 221 or MATH 221 or PSY 230. Students must demonstrate competence in either a foreign language or computer science (CIS110, 202, 217, 301).

SOCIOLOGY, MINOR 18-19 credits
Required: 18 credits, SOC 211 and five other sociology courses (three of which must be at 300- or 400-level).

Required: SW 211, 212 and SW/SOC 499. Additional required courses (six credits from the following) SW 225, SOC 318, 340, 351, 352, 361, 362, and SW/SOC 499 (an additional three credits may be taken beyond the required internship).