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 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.
Ana Campos-Holland teaches Introduction to Sociology, Deviant Behavior and Social Control, Drugs and Society, and Field Work, and is developing courses on Childhood and Adolescence and an advanced seminar on Law, Crime, and Punishment. Her students become actively involved in research methodology and motivated students participate in her research projects.
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.
Sociology, gender and women's studies
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.
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.
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.