To Understand Society

Teaching social theory and research methods, including Social Policy and Criminal Justice.

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The Sociology Department

Sociology at Duquesne University offers students a greater understanding of the social structures and processes that underlie our daily lives, and an awareness of the possibilities of social-scientific research for increasing our understanding of society. Duquesne’s program in sociology provides a strong academic foundation.

Basic Knowledge and Early Concentrations

Our core curriculum teaches social theory and research methods, which provide the basic knowledge necessary for graduate study or employment in the social sciences. Our elective courses offer knowledge relevant to specific areas of students’ interests. For students who wish to wish to specialize early in their careers, we offer academic concentrations in Social Policy and Criminal Justice. Our concentration in Social Policy prepares students for graduate programs in social science and for research in government agencies, private research firms, the non-profit sector and other applied research areas. The Criminal Justice concentration provides substantive background for work or further education in the criminal justice field.

Five Year Program for Graduate Study

For students who wish to move quickly and efficiently into graduate study we offer a five-year program which leads to both a BA in sociology and an MA in Social and Public Policy. Qualifying students may apply in their third year for this program. The fourth year curriculum overlaps the two programs as these courses count for both undergraduate and graduate credit. The MA degree is then completed during the fifth year. Leaving Duquesne with two degrees in social science can provide students with a significant advantage on the job market, or a rapid track toward a Ph.D.

Learn about our undergraduate programs, course descriptions and Geronotology certificate.