Majoring in Sociology


Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. The subject matter you study ranges from the family to social movements and revolutions, and from divisions based on race, gender and social class to the underlying and shared beliefs of a common culture. You learn to use a variety of investigative methods and analysis to better understand human behavior at the level of the individual and at the level of groups and structures. Few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory and practical applications. Sociology addresses the most pressing issues of our time, and it is increasingly applied by those who make policy and create programs. It offers you broad opportunities for careers and graduate studies.

Special opportunities

As a sociology major or minor, you examine complex issues from many intellectual, ethical and intercultural perspectives. You explore a topic, issue or problem using the conceptual framework and tools of more than one academic discipline. You might double major or design your own unique major, or pursue a certificate from one of the College's interdisciplinary centers.

Personalized learning

You are encouraged to take advantage of study away opportunities and to pursue research. If you have a deep interest in a given topic, you can undertake an honors study -- an in-depth, yearlong research project done in close coordination with a faculty member.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Sociology?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • U.S. Federal Courts, 9th Circuit
  • Unilever Inc.
  • City of Agoura Hills
  • Black Rock Financial Management Inc.
  • CBS Television
  • Hartford Board of Education
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Torrington Board of Education
  • Starbucks Coffee Co.
  • Target
  • Augsburg College
  • State of Rhode Island
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Hebron Academy
  • Day, Berry & Howard
  • Yale University Medical School
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health
  • 447 Productions
  • Vermont Humanities Council
  • Boston Redevelopment Authority


Ana Campos-Holland, Assistant Professor of Sociology Ana Campos-Holland, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ana Campos-Holland, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Law and society • Deviance, crime, drugs and society • Punishment and its consequences • Families and parenthood • Childhood and adolescence

Ronald Flores, Professor of Sociology, Sociology Department Chair Ronald Flores, Professor of Sociology, Sociology Department Chair

Ronald Flores, Professor of Sociology, Sociology Department Chair
Immigration studies • Urban sociology • Racial and ethnic groups • Family sociology • Latino studies • Community-based learning/engagement • Sociology of education

Robert Gay, Professor of Sociology Robert Gay, Professor of Sociology

Robert Gay, Professor of Sociology  (On sabbatical Spring 2015)
Democracy • Civil society • Organized crime • Violence • Brazil

Cherise Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology Cherise Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology

Cherise Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology
Race, class and gender • Marriage and the family • Social psychology

Frances L. Hoffmann, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies Frances L. Hoffmann, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies

Frances L. Hoffmann, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies
Gender and higher education • Feminist pedagogy • Assessment • Student development

Afshan Jafar, Associate Professor of Sociology Afshan Jafar, Associate Professor of Sociology

Afshan Jafar, Associate Professor of Sociology
Gender • The body and embodiment • Media • Globalization • Nationalist and fundamentalist movements • Muslim immigrants in the U.S. • Transnational women's movements

Student profile

Brooke Dinsmore Brooke Dinsmore

Sociology, gender and women's studies

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I was drawn to the environment of intellectual curiosity, mutual respect and courtesy among the students. What really sold me was the opportunity to work closely with my professors.

Q: What was your most challenging or rewarding class?
A: "The Sociology of Globalization" seminar was very challenging and a new subject area for me. As Professor Jafar said on the first day of class, the topic doesn't necessarily leave you with answers but sometimes just more questions. My feminist theory seminar taught me a completely new way of reading and provided a number of highly useful analytical tools I draw on regularly.

Q: What role has the College's career development and funded internship program (CELS) played for you?
A: CELS was invaluable in helping me translate my academic experiences into my future plans. Through the funded internship program, I was a member of sociology professor Ana Campos-Holland's summer research team, the true culmination of my experience as a sociology major. My honors thesis used a subsample of the social media interviews we conducted to look at how youth navigate adult presence to freely participate in peer culture on social media sites.

Selected courses

  • Identity, Community and Democracy
  • Sex, Gender and Society
  • The Sociology of Work
  • AIDS and Society
  • Urban Sociology
  • Group Dynamics
  • City and Society
  • Industrialization, Dictatorship and Democracy
  • American Society and Politics
  • Sociology of Inequality
  • Race, Gender and the Mass Media
  • Immigration in an Urban Context
  • Family Analysis and Lifestyles
  • Post-Authoritarian Brazil
  • Middle Class Minorities


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