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.
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.
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:
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.
- Urban Sociology
- Race, Gender and the Mass Media
- Middle Class Minorities
- Sociology of Inequality
- Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
- Racial Identity in America
- Sex, Gender and Society
- Immigration in an Urban Context
- Family Analysis and Lifestyles
- Post-Authoritarian Brazil