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The Study of Sociology

In studying sociology at Duquesne, students explore course topics that cover many aspects of social problems, policy and human interaction.  These range from criminal justice and global cultures, to the sociology aspects of aging, health, ethnicity, and peace and justice.

Few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.

Research in Sociology

Sociologists research topics as diverse as street crime and delinquency, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare, education reform, families, peace or war.  Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.

Duquesne Sociology Program

Students can major in general sociology or choose one of two areas of concentration:

They can also:

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Our Graduates

Our graduates are employed as social work caseworkers, counselors, law enforcement officers, or with agencies concerned with health care policy, the  elderly, and managing public and private services. Learn more about careers in sociology.

Our Mission: To Use Science to Improve Society

Our mission recalls the original mandate of sociology, as first defined in the 19th century by Auguste Comte, to use the methods of science to improve society.

Our primary responsibility is to teach students the discipline of sociology. Our courses require synthesis and evaluation, and the application of knowledge to concrete circumstances.

We teach students to identify assumptions, theories and methodological approaches relevant to a particular issue, and we sensitize our students to opposing viewpoints and alternative hypotheses.

Our mission includes our responsibility to extend sociological knowledge through research, publication, lectures and other forms of public dissemination.