Department of Sociology



Our courses examine the myriad social relations present in society—between men and women, racial and ethnic groups, wealthy and poor, organizations and their environment, individuals and the law. Students are prepared to live and work in a global world. Our program provides opportunities for advanced work with faculty in small settings while our location offers students a rich urban experience.

The Sociology major focuses on the study of social life, processes of social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the nature of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. The subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to impersonal exchanges; from organized crime to religious organizations; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.

The Markets and Culture major, our interdisciplinary economic sociology major, emphasizes the social and cultural factors influencing global production, distribution and consumption in domestic and international markets and stresses organizational theory, economic sociology, accounting, business writing, statistics, foreign language, and data management. Students focus on the flow of money, goods, and people around the globe, as well as the importance of culture to economic exchange.


Muscle as Fashion?
Prof. Cortese's article on bodybuilding subcultures explores the social construction of the body and self-image.

Dynamism and/or Stagnation in the U.S. Economy?
Prof. Keller's article analyzes diverging trends in the U.S. institutional system

Students Awarded Public Service Fellowships
Two seniors recently completed fellowships that enabled them to work with local and international service organizations

Gender Segregation in Elite Academic Science
Prof. Lincoln's article examines how elite scientists explain gender differences within and between academic disciplines.

How do governments explain violent conflicts?
Prof. Keller's article explores historical patterns in official government explanations of mass violence.