Sociology is the scientific study of human social life, groups and societies.
WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?
What’s the difference between today’s college first-years and those of 10 years ago? Why do women earn less than men for the same work? What conditions and attitudes help relationships last? Sociology majors are curious about the world.
The first sentence you read on this page is borrowed by the prominent sociologist Anthony Gidden, who calls our field “a dazzling and compelling enterprise, as its subject matter is our own behavior as social beings.”
Crime, inequality, health care, politics, families, gender, race and ethnicity, education, work and social change—today’s sociologists study all these topics. Research is often inspired by concern about the future.
Helping in schools, helping in prisons—our majors are supported in participating in a wide variety of civic engagement opportunities. We find that because you experience something outside of Drew it stays with you longer and is more formative.
We have a wide array of courses for your specific interests (unusually wide for a university of our size). We’re always ready to support interdisciplinary student projects crossing over into fields such as political science, history, economics and women’s and gender studies.
Careers Made easy
Sociology is not only interesting (we have non-majors tell us that our classes are among their favorites) but is considered by employers to be a great background. Some majors continue to study and teach sociology. Others enter law, social work or teaching.
Human resource departments are particularly interested in hiring sociology students. They know that sociologists understand broad trends in real human lives and translate them into good local practice.
The sociology student club runs a career night every year where alumni return to share about their careers. Current students ask questions and get great tips.
I taught in the Citizen Schools’ afterschool program in Newark, N.J., helping middleschoolers learn something they could connect to a career: making a teen magazine. We focused on what should be in it, especially about finding self-esteem through something other than appearance.
As an intern at a public defender’s office in New York, I got to write and serve motions, attend arraignments and interview potential clients as well as interact with prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges. It was an invaluable look at how the criminal justice system functions.
Professor & chair
Students from my Happiness in Contemporary Society class have told me it has helped them become happier. My current research is studying women’s studies textbooks to discern the extent to which they incorporate the lives of women aged 50 and over.
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Baker Professor of Sociology
I’ve written widely on topics from community disasters to corporate mergers to innovations in medical technology. My teaching specialties include political sociology, sociology of health and illness and sociology of management.
Ph.D., Cornell University
I’m working on a book on the public’s fascination with serial killers, and frequently comment on high-profile crime cases. I love to teach. I’d also say I’m an optimist and humanist.
Ph.D., University of Miami
Susan Rakosi Rosenbloom
I’ve done extensive research on discrimination among minority youth, peer groups, the emotional content of social protest and classroom self-disclosure among student sex workers.
Ph.D., New York University
My research and teaching interests include economic sociology; organizations, work and occupations; and social stratification.
Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park
My research areas include immigration and cultural adaptation and reproductive technologies, infertility and childbearing. I’m also the author of North African Women in France: Gender, Culture and Identity (Stanford, 2006).
Ph.D., Emory University
- Professor of sociology
University of North Carolina–Charlotte
- Human resources vice president
- Assistant professor of law
University of Maryland–Baltimore
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“I learned to look beyond stereotypes of crime and criminals and to look more closely at the structural factors that cause or at least correlate with criminal activity.”
Maeve Olney on Criminology