The American sociologist C. Wright Mills described the perspective of sociology as the “sociological imagination.” This point of view enables us to see the ways in which individual lives are shaped by larger social forces. Mills argues that we cannot fully understand ourselves without understanding the society in which we live.
At Clark, the sociology faculty are committed to developing such an analytical capacity in students. We are committed to developing your capacity to understand the relations between local situations and larger structures. Through the examination of social processes, such as social stratification, social movements and social change, and through an investigation of diverse social institutions, such as law, family, medicine and religion, students acquire the conceptual and analytical tools to enhance both their understanding of their own lives and the world in which they live.
One of the questions most frequently asked by students is “What can I do with a degree in sociology?” Because of the emphasis placed on critical thinking, analytical and communicative skills, and methodological training, students majoring in sociology are well equipped to enter a variety of occupations as well as professional and graduate schools. Sociology majors have gone to law school, medical school, social work programs, and business school. Others have become marketing analysts, city planners, government policy analysts, university administrators, and political consultants.
For more information, please visit the Sociology Department’s website.
The sociology minor consists of six courses, which must include three of the following:
Students are encouraged to begin with Introduction to Sociology. Introduction to Sociology (SOC 010) is a prerequisite for Classical Sociological Theory (SOC 201), and Classical Sociological Theory is a prerequisite for Class, Status and Power (SOC 208).
Students may substitute PSCI 107 - Research Methods or GEOG 141 - Research Design and Methods in Geography for SOC 202 - Social Research Process
All minors must also complete three additional sociology courses, at least two of which must be at the 200 level. One internship credit may count toward the minor. Four of the six courses required for the minor must be taken on campus. SPS courses are not counted for sociology credit. To receive credit toward the sociology minor, students must earn a course grade of C- or better.