The American sociologist C. Wright Mills described the perspective of sociology as the “sociological imagination.” This point of view enables us to see how individual lives are shaped by larger social forces. Mills argued that we cannot fully understand ourselves without understanding the society in which we live. At Clark, the sociology faculty is committed to developing such an analytic capacity in students.
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 the 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, sociology students majoring in sociology are well equipped to enter a variety of occupations, as well as professional careers and graduate schools. Our students have gone to law school, medical school, social-work and business school. Others have become marketing analysts, government policy analysts, university administrators and political consultants.
For more information, please visit the Sociology Department’s website.
Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Patricia Ewick, Ph.D.
Bruce London, Ph.D.
Deborah Merrill, Ph.D.
Debra Osnowitz, Ph.D.
Robert Ross, Ph.D.
Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.