Sociology addresses some of the most challenging issues of our time and is an expanding field, if you wish to pursue an understanding of patterns of behavior, how social systems work, and how to craft policies and create programs. Sociology is an exciting discipline with expanding opportunities for a wide range of career paths.

Sociology can train you to answer the "what," "how" and "why" questions about human societies, past and present, and allow you to explore and examine such topics as inequality, gender, and ethnicity, and globalization. The sociology curriculum takes advantage of Carlow’s urban location with an emphasis on community development, crime, poverty, racism, and other urban issues.

Sociologists are typically motivated both by the desire to better understand the fundamental principles of social life as well as by the conviction that an understanding of these principles may aid in the formulation of more enlightened and effective social policy. Sociology provides a strong intellectual background for students considering careers in the professions or business.


You will gain hands-on experience in a setting related to the your particular interests. Carlow students complete an internship capstone experience and an original research project that is presented during University Scholarship Day.

Students have interned and completed student work at places such as Center for Victims, Allegheny County Criminal Courts, Office of City-Councilman Ricky Burgess, Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Auberle, Carlow University Police Department, City of Pittsburgh Police Department, and Helping Hands Ministry.

The Sociology major prepares you for graduate sociology programs and professional programs, such as law school, social work, or international studies. Many Carlow graduates choose to continue their studies in graduate programs.

Employers of our graduates include the following examples: Center for Victims, Judicial Clerk, Chambers of Hon. Kelly Bigley, City-Councilman Ricky Burgess Community Relations Office, Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh Social Services, and Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Alumni have gone on to pursue graduate studies at Duquesne University School of Law, and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


  • Sociology Minor
  • Criminal Justice Minor