Dr. Samuel M Claster
The Department of Sociology envisions a more equitable society built upon vibrant social relations, sustainable communities, and inclusive institutions guided by the principles of diversity, participatory democracy, civic engagement, and social/ economic justice. We strive to inspire learners to use sociology to inform individual agency, enable professional opportunities, engage social change and create social good. We prepare adult learners with critical sociological imaginations, strong technical skills, and adaptable professional competencies to empower them to fully engage the challenges of 21st Century employment, civil society, and public and private life.
The Sociology program at Edinboro University is a comprehensive and engaging degree program that develops skills such as research design, data collection and analysis, report writing, survey methods, interviewing techniques, group facilitation, strategic planning, policy analysis, community organizing, program evaluation and ethics in research and social and human services practice. Above all, with an emphasis on diversity and social justice, the program prepares students to transcend the boundaries of their formal education and engage the challenges of professional employment, civil/ civic society and public/ private life.
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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology is structured to give the student a background in theory, methodology, and program content with an emphasis on applied sociology. In addition to preparing the student for possible graduate education the general goal of the program is to provide the student with the basic applied sociological skills so that he/she may assume a variety of professional positions and become a contributing member of society. Applied sociological skills, such as report writing, research design, data collection and analysis, problem-solving, and computer knowledge, are highly sought after in the professional world.
The Human Service & Community Development Concentration gives students training in applied and public sociological practice in order to engage stakeholders, serve clients, effect policy, develop modes of advocacy, and build communities in order to effect positive social change. Graduates of this program will gain skills in strategic social planning, policy analysis, community ethnography, community organization, needs assessment, and program evaluation. Graduate equipped with applied sociological training are employed as community organizers, demographers, data specialists, grant writers, human and social service workers, city planners, volunteer coordinators, human resource specialists, program managers, fundraisers, educators, and advocacy specialists for victims of crime (e.g. child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, or other manifestations of social oppression).
The goal of the Associate of Arts in Human Services program is to educate, in two years, a generalist professional worker who can move into a wide range of mental health, human services, social services, community action, and social justice careers. Program faculty not only teach about the ideals of the human services profession, but also model and practice them as they engage with students both in and out of the classroom and in professional settings across our communities.
A Minor in Sociology gives students a deeper understanding of many aspects of social life. Academic and applied sociological research guides the exploration of a variety of social institutions involving health care, social services, corrections, the family, economy, politics and many more. Classes examining relevant social issues including race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, disability, family dynamics, and social justice can empower students to transform their own lives as well as the lives of those around them. Through this highly customizable minor, students can obtain qualitative and quantitative research-based knowledge and applied skills which support their chosen field of study and enhance personal and professional opportunities. This makes the Sociology Minor the perfect complement to any EU degree.