The curriculum

The curriculum of the Department of Sociology includes courses on self and identity; race, class, and gender relations; family; law; social movements; political sociology; theory; international studies, social change, survey research methods, and data analysis.

Computer-aided instruction is a component of several courses, including Sociology 2, and Sociology 10. Other courses train students to design and conduct surveys, perform content analysis of cultural products (such as television programs, film or advertisements), and conduct field observations and sociological experiments.

In addition to these offerings, the Department frequently offers special topic courses, as well as one-time and regular seminars. The offerings are designed to respond to particular interests of students and faculty, including visiting sociologists, and provide opportunities to develop and experiment with new courses. It is thus important to check our course listings periodically. There may be a one-time offering that ideally suits your interests.

Students may also elect, upon approval of the supervising professor, an independent study on a topic of their choice.

Important Note

The syllabi posted here may not be current and cannot substitute for material distributed to a specific class. Under no circumstances should these syllabi be used by students seeking information about assignments in a course in which they are currently enrolled. Even if the syllabus appears to be in use, it cannot be assumed to be up-to-date. Rather, the syllabi posted here are intended to be used for broad informational purposes--to assist students as they plan their academic programs or to guide them to readings on topics they may find interesting. We hope you find them useful!