Sociologists are particularly concerned with social issues and social problems, and the sources of stress and change in contemporary and historical societies.

The Department of Sociology aims to provide understanding of the  organization and functioning of modern society by analyzing its major  institutions, social groups, and values, and their connections to culture and power. To facilitate these analytical objectives, the department offers rigorous preparation in social theory and problem-focused training in quantitative as well as qualitative methodologies.

Courses in US society, immigration, race and ethnic relations, development, social stratification and inequality, gender, sociology of education, medical sociology and African American and Asian American communities provide critical perspectives from which to understand and analyze major social issues.

Courses in the sociology of religion, economic sociology and the family focus on major social institutions.

Other offerings in the department address the relation of individuals to their social milieu, such as those courses which examine deviance, the individual and social structure, the sociology of popular music and culture.

More information about Sociology and its offerings is available on the department page on Inside Bryn Mawr. 


Miles Salisbury ‘22

Miles spent the summer working for Nationalities Service Center (NSC), a nonprofit that works with immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees in a variety of ways, in Philadelphia.

photo of Miles Salisbury
Miles Salisbury ‘22
I’ve been able to put the knowledge I’ve gained while at Bryn Mawr to good use and delve into the ins and outs of case management prior to my pursuit of a master of social services degree.

Degree Options

Sociology major, A.B.

Sociology minor

Special Programs


In partnership with Bryn Mawr's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR), the College offers a five-year A.B./M.S.S. degree program that allows undergraduate students to begin work towards their Master of Social Services (M.S.S.) during their undergraduate years. Students in this program earn the Bachelor of Arts degree at the end of their fourth year and the Master of Social Services at the end of their fifth year.