Learn Today. Change Tomorrow.

Gain insight into social problems, social theory and social change through the Sociology department at HWS. An activist and change oriented department, you’ll learn and study contemporary social issues, such as power and inequality, community, social policy, criminology and criminal justice, organizational dysfunction, urban life, educational reforms, marriage, and the family. You’ll exit the program with a strong set of skills for asking and answering broad and narrow questions about social life.

An Actionable Scale

Take your learning outside the classroom with community-based research and service learning. Using the City of Geneva as a resource, you’ll explore an issue that impacts our society in collaboration with your peers, faculty and community partners.

No Borders: Global Education

Study the Maori in New Zealand or inequality in Vietnam.

Wherever you go, you’ll apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.

Faculty & Students Scholars & Guides

James Sutton, Professor of Sociology & Ara McCorkle ’20

Ara McCorkle ’20 collaborated with Associate Professor of Sociology James Sutton in conducting interviews and analyzing student speeches. Ara contributed writing to Sutton’s final report on the exalt alternative to incarceration program for court-involved youth in New York City. The findings from their two pilot data collections point to numerous successes and suggest that exalt has a profound impact.

Belonging, Diversity and Equity

Sociology courses focus not only on the academic approaches to studying power and difference but also the practical processes of building community across categories of difference and contributing to organizations for social change.

Community based courses:

  • SOC 251: Sociology of the City
  • SOC 290: Sociology of Community
  • SOC 465: Senior Seminar

Courses that address power and difference:

  • SOC 221: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 223: Inequalities
  • SOC 225: Sex and Gender
  • SOC 238: Immigrant America
  • SOC 251: Sociology of the City
  • SOC 224: Social Deviance
  • SOC 266: Penology

Courses that address policy and organizational change:

  • SOC 226: Working Families
  • SOC 266: Sociology of Police and Policing
  • SOC 295: Alcohol Use and Abuse
  • SOC 301: Sociology of the Future
  • SOC 357: Race and Education
  • SOC 375: Social Policy

Explore the disparities and social consequences of our time.

  • SOC 357 Race and Education

    Explore through in-depth analysis the ways in which education in the United States, at times challenges and at times reproduces racial hierarchy.

  • SOC 295 Alcohol Use and Abuse

    Analyze the causes and consequences of alcohol use and misuse both in terms of its social construction in various cultural contexts as well as biochemical influences.

  • SOC 224 Social Deviance

    Examine power relationships that are inherent in deviance and social control, and it will additionally provide in-depth looks into how “deviants” experience deviance on a personal level.

Alum Impact The Path That Led Back Home

Afrika Owes, ’16 Juris Doctor Candidate,
Fordham Law School

Coming to college, Afrika’s goal was just to survive. Interested in policy, race and history, she initially wanted to be a Political Science major but after taking a Sociology class with Associate Professor Kendra Freeman, that changed.

Companies that Employ Our Graduates

  • American Museum in Britain
  • Americorps
  • Aspen Institute
  • Bain Capital
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Houghton Mifflin Publishers
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Microsoft
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • New York Magazine
  • Target Corporation
  • World Health Organization
  • Yale University

Universities where our graduates are studying

  • Boston College of Social Work
  • Brown University
  • Case Western University School of Law
  • Columbia University
  • Indiana University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pace University Law School
  • Rutgers University
  • Simmons College
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • UMass Amherst
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Utah Law School