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 Electives20
Major Requirements
Introductory Course
SOCI 1000Introduction to Sociology1
Social Research Methods
SOCI 2000Sociological Research Methods1
Sociological Theory
Select 1 course unit in Sociological Theory1
Sociological Theory
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Sociology Advanced Methods
Select 1 course unit in Advanced Research Methods1
Health of Populations
Qualitative Methods
Sample Survey Methods
Basic Demographic Methods
Demography of Race
Social Statistics
SOCI 2010Social Statistics1
Education and Society Concentration
Select 3 CU from the following:3
Social Stratification
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:
Urban Education
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 14
SOCI or Related Courses
Select 2 course units in SOCI or Related2
Attribute ASOM - Sociology Major Related Elective
Research Poster
Complete Research Poster
Total Course Units34

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 4100Thesis Workshop I0.5
SOCI 4101Thesis Workshop II0.5
SOCI 4998Honors Independent Study1
Senior Thesis

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.