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Student Learning Outcomes / Department Goals

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is committed to the tradition of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. We seek to ensure that graduates of the department are amply equipped with skills in analytical thinking, writing and research, and with an understanding and appreciation of the varieties of social organization and their effect on the human condition by:

  1. Fostering intellectual curiosity.
  2. Breaking free from the leash of cultural conformity by learning to think critically and creatively about issues for themselves without relying on others (authorities) to make the assessments for them.
  3. Finding, understanding and critically assessing scholarly and analytic bodies of socio-anthropological literature.
  4. Developing the skills and knowledge to conduct basic socio-anthropological investigations.
  5. Developing a foundation of socio-anthropological theory about the way humans interact with the social and physical world such that they can use them to understand and assess a variety of human actions around the world.
  6. Practicing the skill of connecting social observations with theory so that theories can be used by graduates throughout their lives to develop sophisticated assessments about the causes and effects of human actions.
  7. Writing and speaking clearly and fluently while also incorporating the socio-anthropological knowledge (i.e. terms, concepts and theories) that they have gained in their socio-anthropological coursework.
  8. Achieving breadth of knowledge across socio-anthropological substantive areas and depth within one area.

Employment of recent sociology alumni

  • Case manager, Goodwill Industries of Central Pennsylvania
  • Caseworker, Berks County Children and Youth Services
  • Client services specialist, Schuylkill Community Action
  • Clinical case manager, Horizon Behavioral Services
  • Coordinator, child life therapy, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Coordinator, support services, Peninsula Volunteers Rosener House
  • Counselor, Children’s Home of Reading
  • Director, marketing, Stone Ridge Village Retirement Community
  • Director, shelter services/housing, Opportunity House
  • Director, social service, Brandywine Hospital
  • Early intervention therapist, Montgomery County
  • Eligibility specialist, Delaware County
  • Intelligence analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Intensive case manager, Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
  • Legal advocate, Women’s Resources of Monroe County
  • Licensed mental health counselor, Department of Elder Affairs
  • Medical social worker, Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills
  • Mental health intensive care manager, Path, Inc.
  • Primary case manager, AIDS Community Alliance
  • Program director, Berks Community Action Program
  • Program supervisor, United Cerebral Palsy Central Pennsylvania
  • Public services assistant, Hennepin County
  • Recruitment manager, Bucks Association for Retarded Citizens
  • Regional director, Joint Action in Community Service
  • Residential program specialist, Penn-Mar Organization
  • Social worker, Bethanne Foster Care
  • Social worker, Caring Hospice Services
  • Supports coordinator/case manager, Montgomery County
  • Therapist, Youth Services of Bucks County
  • U.S. Marshalls
  • Supreme Court Detail, United States Secret Service
  • Intelligence Office for International Terror Risk, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Forensic Crime Lab, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Forensic Investigations, State Crime Lab

Graduate Programs

  • Georgetown University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Connecticut
  • West Virginia University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Drew University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Essex, United Kingdom
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • West Chester University
  • Saint John’s University
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • North Carolina State
  • Howard University