SOC 224 Urban Sociology
An introduction to the major themes in urban sociology through a focus on the city as a contested space and a site for contestation.
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 multiple disciplines. 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.
Ana Campos-Holland, Ph.D., teaches Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence, Law and Society, Drugs and Society, Punishment and Society and Field Work. Her research areas of expertise are childhood/adolescence and law/crime/punishment.
Ron Flores teaches Immigration in an Urban Context; Race, Ethnicity and Baseball; Sociology of Families; advanced research seminars on Latinos in America and on Social Inequality; and Introduction to Sociology. He also teaches a first-year seminar on community and civic responsibility, "Our Communities, OurSelves." His courses typically include community service-learning.
Robert Gay's research focuses on democracy, civil society, and more recently, drug trafficking, violence and organized crime in Brazil.
Cherise Harris teaches Introduction to Sociology; Race, Gender, and the Mass Media; Ethnic and Race Relations; Sociology of Inequality; Sociology of Racial Identity; and Middle Class Minorities. Her first book, "The Cosby Cohort: Blessings and Burdens of Growing Up Black Middle Class," was published in 2013 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Afshan Jafar’s research and teaching interests include globalization, transnational women's movements, fundamentalist and nationalist movements, gender, media, and the body. Professor Jafar regularly teaches, Introduction to Sociology; Sociology of the Body and Embodiment; Sex Gender, and Society; Sociology of Globalization.
A: I was attracted to the beautiful campus, possibility of developing intimate relationships with professors, study abroad opportunities, and the interdisciplinary courses.
A: I wanted a major that really mattered and that I could deeply connect to. Sociology gave me the opportunity to further develop my understanding of how social forces of power and privilege function within the social world. It provided me with the lens to interpret social phenomena and better understand how an individual's social location can impact their behavior.
A: My most rewarding course was my senior seminar, “Sociology of Sociology,” which was a course that pushed us to reflect on and critically analyze our experiences as Sociology majors within a liberal arts institution. It was a culminating course that intricately connected all my past Sociology courses and emphasized the importance of evaluating our academic journeys in order to improve the experiences of current and future Sociology majors.
A: I was involved with faculty-student research from my sophomore year to senior year with Professor Campos-Holland. Our research project aims to provide a platform for youth’s voices to be heard as it related to their peer culture, consumption choices, experiences with testing and navigating adult authority, among a few. I engaged in multiple steps of the research process from literature search, data management, data analysis and the writing and editing process.
A: My career counselor was extremely supportive and helpful during my internship search, which led to an internship at a Southeast Asian Community Center in San Francisco. I worked with former refugees on providing support through mental health and healing workshops, affordable housing opportunities, employment possibilities, and immigration advocacy.