Ben Barrett '16

sociology and biology

Ben Barrett '16

"I think that finding concrete patterns between variables that are applicable to the social world is really interesting."


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What careers are available to sociology majors?

Sociology majors pursue careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, criminal justice, law, non-profit organizations or public administration.

Lisa Hubbard '15

Lisa Hubbard '15

"When I researched the different places I could go through Fulbright, I asked, 'How can I add in my passion for the performing arts,'" said Hubbard, a sociology major and dance minor. "When I found Malaysia, they said, 'If you come here to teach English, you will also be in charge of an after-school program with the kids, where you can teach whatever you want.' I said, dance! That's it!"

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What do weddings, the natural gas boom and 9/11 memorials have in common? They’re all products of society, the results of people’s actions, habits, customs, desires and beliefs.

By studying sociology at Bucknell, you'll learn about social change, patterns and relationships among individuals, groups, organizations and societies. Focus on social categories including age, citizenship, class, family, gender, race and religion. Collect and interpret data. And gain practical experience through internships and fieldwork.

Did You Know?

Students interested in counseling careers find the pre-social work program in sociology as important as training in psychology.

Students gain hands-on experience collecting and interpreting social data. Learning about surveys and statistical analysis provides students with skills important in the job market.

Faculty Spotlight

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Deborah Abowitz


Deborah Abowitz

"Making sense of the social world, the good and the bad, being able to analyze social patterns, trends and institutions, is what I find endlessly intriguing about being a sociologist."

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Carl Milofsky


Carl Milofsky

"We have a tremendous interest among our students in public health. It is a terrific professional advantage for students to understand what they will be getting into if they go into public health."

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the classroom

Study Abroad

Many sociology students spend a summer, semester or year abroad in various regions of the world. Recently, students have gone to:

  • Barbados
  • Costa Rica
  • Spain


Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Through the generosity of a former department major, Tracy Meerwarth '96, and her family, funds are available from the department to assist students with research expenses, including travel, and for the presentation of their research findings at professional meetings.



Sociology majors have worked as congressional interns, as social work aides and as interns with local magistrates, juvenile delinquency programs, the Lewisburg Penitentiary, the SCI-Muncy (a maximum security prison for women), the Bucknell public safety staff and the community center in Lewisburg.


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