The Undergraduate Program
Undergraduate Chair: Melissa Wilde, Ph.D
Program Manager (and contact): Marcus T. Wright
Major Declare Application
The Penn Sociology Undergraduate Program seeks to provide students with an understanding of social structure and how individual's experiences are related to that structure. Penn Sociology offers our top-ranked major, three minors, comprehensive advising, extensive interdisciplinary collaboration, and significant research and independent study opportunities. Our program fosters a community that provides space for our majors and minors to grow academically and professionally, contributing to the College of Arts & Science’s goal of “providing the best liberal arts education available at any research university in the world.”
We help students identify and explain patterns of social life and human behavior by emphasizing how large-scale social phenomena (such as class, race and gender inequality) affect the everyday experiences of individuals, and vice versa. While doing so, our program also introduces students to the conceptual and methodological tools of social science research, including ethnography, social statistics, and demographic methods.
Our major prepares students for careers in fields such as law, medicine and health care, marketing, education, scholarly and applied social research, social work, demography, journalism and media, management in the public and private sectors, administration, and government.
HEAR FROM SOCIOLOGY GRADUATES
Naz Ozbek, Class of 2014 Sociology Major
Shane Williams, Class of 2014 Sociology Major
For further program information, visit the links in the left-hand menu, or contact the Undergraduate Program Manager Marcus T. Wright.