Sociology

Brief Description of Concentration

sociologySociology is the study of society, of the social frameworks within which we live our lives. It is a study of social life at every level, from two-person relationships to the rise and fall of nations and civilizations. 

Learning Objectives

We prepare students to develop sociological questions and to design and conduct systematic and rigorous research which they pursue through course projects and senior theses. There are multiple opportunities for students to gain valuable research experience including through RA work on faculty projects.

Gateway Courses

You can take one of our courses that are designed to give you an introduction to the discipline including:

  • Sociol 1024: Social Inequality
  • Sociol 1025: Sociology of Organizations
  • Sociol 1026: Global Social Change
  • Sociol 1067: Sociology of Law

You can take a Gen Ed course that is also a sociology course including:

  • GenEd 1115: Human Trafficking, Slavery and Abolition in the Modern World
  • GenEd 1039: Higher Education: Students, Institutions, and Controversies
  • Gen Ed 1092: American Society and Public Policy

You can take an 1100-level elective course on a topic that interests you, found here: https://sociology.fas.harvard.edu/pages/courses

If you have confidence that you are going to concentrate in sociology you can consider taking one of the following core courses that are required for concentrators.

  • SOCIOL 97: Social Theory (offered fall and spring)
  • SOCIOL 128: Models of Social Science Research (offered spring only)

Alumni

https://sociology.fas.harvard.edu/pages/alumni-profiles

 

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