As a Sociology student you will study groups and social structures as drivers of human behavior. You will examine a range of topics including culture, economics, family, gender, industry, and social problems while developing analytical and enhanced critical thinking skills.

What You'll Study

B.S. Sociology 

Sociology blends history with economics and psychology. We examine the conditions of human existence, interaction and the institutions that result. It is possible to earn a degree in sociology without selecting a specific concentration. This option allows you to explore numerous subject areas and investigate a broad range of topics and ideas. Topics covered include:

  • Sociology of Economics
  • Social Problems
  • Urban-Rural Sociology
  • Social Change 

CU Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2023)*

*Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

LH Degree Requirements (Effective Prior to all 2023)


Student Learning Outcomes

Delinquent Youth Analysis Concentration

Part of the B.S. Sociology degree, this concentration focuses deeply on what creates and shapes deviant behavior among young people and on the consequences of that behavior.  Interesting courses:

  • SOCI 300: Sociology of Deviance
  • SOCI 301: Juvenile Delinquency


Student Learning Outcomes

Industry and Economics Concentration

Part of the Sociology B.S. degree, this concentration focuses on the structural and cultural motives for production and consumption, the shape of communities associated with industry and economics, organizational behavior, labor/management relations and markets as sociological phenomena.  SOCI 351 Rural and Urban Sociology; SOCI 402 Industrial Sociology; SOCI 410 Sociology of Organizations and SOCI 425 Economic Sociology.


Student Learning Outcomes

Anthropology Minor

Anthropology is broadly the study of human cultural and physical forms.  There is some emphasis on early civilizations and their relationship with their natural environment.  The minor is for students who want to augment their major discipline by considering the element of people, their evolution and their cultures. 

Geography Minor

Geography is both a social and environmental science.  The minor in geography is designed for students in other disciplines who wish to supplement their knowledge with geographic analytical skills and perspectives.  The geography minor complements most majors in the social sciences, physical sciences, biological sciences, and education.  Students minoring in geography also gain applied technical expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which is applicable to a wide range of academic disciplines and career paths.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Sociology Minor

Sociology has a minor in addition to a major.  This minor is popular with majors in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Business and Health Science.  The broad nature of Sociology fosters its application to any field that requires human interaction. 

For the sociology minor, you need a total of 6 courses or 18 credit hours. 


  • Introduction to sociology (SOCI 101)
  • Sociological Theory (SOCI 352)
  • Sociological Research (SOCI 404) 

Then simply take three more courses of your choosing in sociology such as:

  • SOCI203: Social Problems
  • SOCI205: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOCI206: Marriage and Family
  • SOCI300: Sociology of Deviance
  • SOCI301: Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOCI302: Criminology
  • SOCI328: Social Science Seminar (can be repeated)
  • SOCI351: Urban-Rural Sociology
  • SOCI354: Social Change
  • SOCI369: Internship (3-6 sh)
  • SOCI402: Industrial Sociology
  • SOCI410: Sociology of Organizations
  • SOCI 425 Economic Sociology
  • SOCI499: Independent Study (can be repeated)
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Program Highlights

  • We Are Active: Students have the opportunity to work with professors one-on-one. Sociology majors have the option to conduct original research, apply for independent studies, and attend national conferences with their professors. Students gain practical, real life experiences within the Sociology department, and each professor is available to advise and guide students through various activities which will prepare them for the job market.
  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major.  They include The Dr. Roosevelt Green Memorial Scholarship, The Hari Prasnana Biswas Memorial Award and the Smith-Hinds-Shigematsu Scholarship. Find more information here.
  • Internships: You will have the opportunity to complete internships in a variety of settings. Past students have interned in the following industries:
      • Business
      • Social Service
      • Local & State Government
  • Study Abroad: We encourage our students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Studying abroad gives you the chance to closely study and personally experience different cultures while living overseas and fulfilling major requirements.
  • Careers: Many of our students go onto law schools, management, criminal justice, public relations and labor relations.  Sociology is a favored subject for admission to a number of graduate programs including leadership studies, environmental studies, law, education, social psychology and business. Whether you enter the labor market or continue your education, sociology offers an effective launch pad.

  • Facilities:  Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services.
  • Sociology, Anthropology and Geography has six mission goals:
    • Goal 1: Students will develop critical thinking skills to evaluate the effects on societies of racial, ethnic, gender, cultural and religious diversity in the United States and around the world.
    • Goal 2: Students will develop critical thinking skills to evaluate social change and analyze its impact on individuals, cultures and environments in the United States and globally.
    • Goal 3: Students will apply sociological, anthropological and geographical theories and methods.
    • Goal 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to select and use technology appropriate to sociology, anthropology and geography.
    • Goal 5: Students will apply what they learn in sociology, anthropology and geography to the community outside of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
    • Goal 6: Faculty will mentor students and encourage their success and well being.

Want to Know More?

Department of Sociology

Dr.  Katie Ely
141 Akeley Hall, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2203

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