332 Milbank Hall
Department Administrative Assistant: Susan Campbell
Chair: Debra Minkoff (Professor)
Professor: Jonathan Rieder
Associate Professors: Elizabeth Berstein, Guobin Yang
Assistant Professors: Debbie Becher, Elizabeth Bernstein, Christel Kesler, Jennifer Lena (Visiting), Peter Levin (Departmental Representative)
Adjunct Instructor: J.C. Sayler
Sociology explores the intricacies of social life in all its variety: from the prosaic routines of everyday life to dramatic transformations of state and economy, from the symbolic realm of identity and culture to the structures of class, race and gender that generate inequality. Despite all this diversity, the discipline of sociology has a powerful coherence that comes from a collective dedication to developing theoretical principles about social life and testing them with empirical evidence. This commitment to systematic empirical research represents the strength of the discipline and the chance for a distinctive undergraduate experience for Sociology majors at Barnard. It exposes them to a range of approaches that include quantitative data collection and analysis, participant observation, intensive interviewing, historical-archival research, and discourse analysis.
All students taking courses in Sociology at Barnard can expect to learn about the relevance of empirical rigor and theoretical analysis for public policy, political and social debate, and civic engagement more broadly defined.
Sociology majors will develop critical analytic and research skills that they can take with them into a wide range of careers, whether they continue on to graduate study in sociology or choose to enter such fields as business, education, law, nonprofit enterprise or public policy.
(1) a common foundation in the discipline’s core theories and methodologies through the following three required courses:
(2) exposure to a range of substantive questions that motivate sociological research through a 3-tiered elective structure:
(3) direct research experience both within the classroom and under faculty supervision in the Senior Thesis Seminar.
Students who graduate with a major in sociology will be able to:
Students who graduate with a minor in sociology will be able to: