Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Hill Book (Class of 2027) 
2023-2024 Hill Book (Class of 2027)


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Department Chairperson:
Jungyun Gill
Office: Martin Institute 219
Phone: 508-565-1286
C. Dolgon
Associate Professor:
J. Gill
E. Tucker
Assistant Professors:

The Department of Sociology offers majors and minors in Sociology and Anthropology.

Departmental Mission

The Department of Sociology’s mission is to advance those qualities of mind that enable our students to understand the relationship between society and the individual, history and biography, and public issues and personal troubles. The department seeks to develop students’ ability to think theoretically about the larger social reality, to understand and appreciate social reality, to understand and appreciate the many cultures represented in the modern world, and to abandon stereotypical thinking for knowledge based on the results of empirical observation. The department strives to develop students’ critical thinking and knowledge not only in pursuit of academic excellence but also the pursuit of social justice and service to improve the quality of life for all members of society.

The Sociology major also provides a foundation for careers in many fields, such as social service and human resources, criminal justice and the law, research in public and private agencies, and preparation for graduate work in sociology, criminology, law, social work and related areas.

Learning Goals

Majors in Sociology will:

Our goal is that all of majors and minors in sociology will develop the following capabilities and qualities of mind to apply and critically evaluate social interactions, work settings, neighborhoods, the nation, and the global community:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of sociological perspectives, concepts, theories and research methods and the ability to link theory and methods.
  • Understanding of how all social institutions, including but not limited to the family, education, politics, and the economy, are interrelated and how social, cultural, and historical factors influence identities, thoughts, and actions of self and others.
  • Understanding of the multiple dimensions of diversity and inequality in and between societies, including but not limited to race, class and gender, and how they affect individuals’ lives and the development of institutions.
  • Understanding multiple points of view and critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and civic engagement to develop viable solutions to local and global issues.

Sociology students develop their sociological imaginations, seeing the connections between self and other as well as between biography and history. They accomplish this through learning essential theoretical and methodological tools of the discipline. We want them to think comparatively, historically, and critically about multiple axes of difference. Forging this quality of mind not only prepares them to be stronger students but also engaged citizens.



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