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Sociology Program

    Let curiosity be your guide. Meet Jose Valentin, Class of 2018.For Jose Valentin, sharing food as part of culture isn't just a way of life, it happens to be part of his studies. Here, with the owner of Oley Ravioli, he learns the tradition and cultural variations of pastamaking right here in Kutztown. This, and a million other things spark his interest, and he'll take brave new steps to discover it all in time as a sociologist.

    Sociology is the study of how society is organized, as well as how social groups, organizations, and institutions shape people's lives throughout the world. This program provides training in scientific, evidence-based methods for studying the social world, teaches respect and appreciation for others, and identifies opportunities and strategies for change that can improve society. Sociology helps us scientifically examine our society and other societies. It emphasizes how the parts of society fit together and change, and the consequences of that social change. A study of sociology provides the conceptual tools and methods for understanding: 

    • group attitudes
    • values
    • behaviors
    • work and workers
    • families
    • organizations
    • consumers
    • governments

    For more information visit our Careers in Sociology page.

    Program/Course Highlights

    We place great emphasis on student mentorship. For instance, we have sent more students to the ASA Honors Program over the past 5 years than any other college or university in Pennsylvania.  Graduates from KU's sociology program have gone on to a variety of graduate programs both at KU and elsewhere. Several of our students have continued onto graduate programs at KU such as the Student Affairs in Higher Education and Counseling masters programs. Others have attended the University of the District of Columbia for an MS in Speech Language Pathology, Villanova University's Human Resources Program, Rutgers University Masters in Social Work Program, as well as the University at Albany (SUNY)'s Sociology Doctoral Program.

    We offer a flexible curriculum that includes courses crosslisted with Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology and Social Work. Several of our students will either double major or minor in these fields.