Sociology: Education and Society, BA
The Education and Society concentration in Sociology gives Penn undergraduates the opportunity to engage the sociological imagination as they consider pertinent issues in education; from its role in stratification and cultural reproduction to its consideration as an engine of social mobility and a marker of privilege. Through this analysis of education, students will be able to approach jobs in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions with a critical understanding of the impact of these institutions on the populations they serve and don’t serve. Alternatively, students can leverage the academic training within this concentration to approach a wide array of careers related to educational policy.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives|
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors + Free Electives||20|
|SOCI 1000||Introduction to Sociology||1|
|Social Research Methods|
|SOCI 2000||Sociological Research Methods||1|
|Select 1 course unit in Sociological Theory||1|
|Contemporary Sociological Theory|
|Sociology Advanced Methods|
|Select 1 course unit in Advanced Research Methods||1|
|Health of Populations|
|Sample Survey Methods|
|Basic Demographic Methods|
|Demography of Race|
|SOCI 2010||Social Statistics||1|
|Education and Society Concentration|
|Select 3 CU from the following:||3|
|Sociology of Education|
|Demography of Education|
|Comparative and International Education - Focus on East Asian Education|
|Global Urban Education|
|Courses outside of Sociology that can count toward the concentration:|
|Education in American Culture|
|Stereotype Threat, Impostor Phenomenon, and African Americans|
|Access & Choice in American Higher Education|
|Sociology of Education|
|Additional SOCI Courses|
|Select 4 course units in SOCI Free 1||4|
|SOCI or Related Courses|
|Select 2 course units in SOCI or Related||2|
Attribute ASOM - Sociology Major Related Elective
|Complete Research Poster|
|Total Course Units||34|
Students are encouraged to take some courses outside of their concentration.
Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in the major.
|SOCI 4100||Thesis Workshop I||0.5|
|SOCI 4101||Thesis Workshop II||0.5|
|SOCI 4998||Honors Independent Study||1|
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.