Office:  3G ROSS BLDG
Phone: 724-773-3846




  JoAnn Chirico. Ph.D.

    Senior Instructor of Sociology









Publications and Papers

Service Learning Opportunities




Social Problems

Introduction to Sociology

Sociology of the Family

Gender Roles



Allyn & Bacon

Prentice Hall


The Drug and Alcohol Infosite








What Is Sociology


“Sociology is a discipline that seeks to explain and understand social action.” 
-Max Weber

  “We may say that sociology is the study of social order, meaning thereby the underlying regularity of human social behavior.” 
-Alex Inkeles

“It is now the social scientist’s foremost political and intellectual task—for here the two coincide—to make clear the elements of contemporary uneasiness and indifference.” 
-C. Wright Mills

“Sociology is the study of human social life, groups, and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, as its subject matter is our own behavior as social beings.” 
-Anthony Giddens


Why You Should Study Sociology


Click on a picture to see what these students have to say about their experiences studying Sociology.


General Links for Sociology Students

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

World Health Organization

The World Bank

Census Bureau

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Central Intelligence Agency

Dead Sociologists Index


Service Learning Links

AT&T Center for Service Leadership at University Park

Corporation for National and Community Service