Sociology Curriculum

Students majoring in Sociology at New College will acquire competence in content knowledge, written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

Students majoring in Sociology at New College will acquire competence in content knowledge, written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills. These competencies are gained by mastering the fundamental tools of the discipline through a set of core courses, one empirical Independent Study Project (ISP) and five elective courses.

In addition to these activities, students are encouraged to engage in internships, group research projects, and off-campus educational activities (e.g. service learning projects, community engagement projects, and volunteering) that provide important opportunities to gain direct experience of social issues explored in courses and tutorials.

The five required courses for Sociology AOC and Joint-Disciplinary with Sociology listed first are:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Sociology Senior Thesis Seminar

In addition, students are required to complete:

  • One empirical ISP (students must complete the Sociological Research Methods course prior to doing this ISP, and must go through the IRB process if working with human subjects)
  • Five (5) Electives (at least one from each analytical area: Social Organizations/Institutions; Change; and Persons and Society).
  • A Senior Project or Thesis, which should make full use of sociological theory, literature, and analysis.
  • Baccalaureate Exam

ANALYTICAL AREAS

Our elective courses address three broad subfields in sociology:

  1. Social Organizations/Institutions
  2. Social Change, and
  3. Persons and Society

We require you to take at least one course in each of the three. Below are examples of electives regularly offered that fall within each subfield. Some courses fit more than one category.

  • Social Organization/Institutions
    • Contemporary Gender Seminar
    • Globalization, Social Justice, Human Rights
    • Intersectionality
    • Latin American Social Theory
    • Practicum in Community Building
    • Queer Studies
    • Social Inequality: Race, Class, Gender, and Power
    • Sociology of Development
    • Space, Place & Community
    • The Sociology of the Arts and Performance
    • Work Organization and Its Alternatives
  • Social Change
    • Globalization, Social Justice, Human Rights
    • Intersectionality
    • Latin American Social Theory
    • Social Inequality: Race, Class, Gender, and Power
    • Social Movements
    • Sociology of Development
    • Sociology of Sustainable Communities
    • Work Organization and Its Alternatives
  • Persons and Society
    • Contemporary Gender Seminar
    • Intersectionality
    • Introduction to Sociology through Social Psychology
    • Qualitative Methods for Studying Culture
    • Queer Studies
    • Social Inequality: Race, Class, Gender, and Power
    • Sociology of Gender and the Body
    • The Sociology of the Arts and Performance

Declaring a Sociology Area of Concentration
In order to declare a Sociology AOC, students are required to submit a portfolio for review. Prior to submitting a portfolio students must have satisfactorily completed four sociology courses. The portfolio must include a “Sociology Portfolio Review Worksheet,” 2-3 papers written for sociology courses, a copy of the students narrative evaluation for the Introduction to Statistics course, a printout of the unofficial transcript (available through the Student Evaluation System), the signed “Provisional Area of Concentration” form and a plan for completing the remaining sociology requirements. Students will generally submit a portfolio for review in their fifth contract.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

The Joint-Disciplinary (Slash) AOC with Sociology listed second has a slightly reduced set of requirements:

  • Social Theory
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Senior Thesis Seminar
  • Empirical ISP is encouraged but not required.
  • Three (3) Electives (one from each analytical area: Social Organizations/Institutions; Change; and Persons and Society)

Note: In accordance with regulations in the Faculty Handbook, students with a joint -disciplinary AOC where Sociology is listed second must have one faculty member from the sociology discipline in their thesis committee. Furthermore, the thesis should make substantive use of sociological theory, literature, and analysis.

Double AOC
Students must complete the same requirements as the Disciplinary AOC. In accordance with regulations in the Faculty Handbook, students completing a double AOC with Sociology must have two faculty members from the sociology discipline on their thesis committee. Ideally, one of the sociology faculty members would serve as co-sponsor with a faculty member from the other discipline or be consistently consulted with by the student to ascertain progress in the thesis qualifies for a Sociology AOC. The thesis should make substantive use of sociological theory, literature, and analysis.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Sociology

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Introduction to Sociology (LAC1)ISP #1Sociology Elective 1
(Recommend Dealing with Data or similar intro to math course)(Recommend Dealing with Data or similar intro to math course)
LAC 2LAC 4
LAC 3LAC 5
Collegewide Elective 1Collegewide Elective 2
Year 2Sociological Research Methods or Social TheoryEmpirical ISP (after research methods) Statistics
Sociology Elective 2Sociology Elective 3
LAC 6LAC 8
LAC 7Collegewide Elective 3
Year 3Social Theory/ or Sociological Research MethodsEmpirical ISP (if previoius one did not work out) OR ISP 3Sociology Elective 5
Sociology Elective 4Collegewide Elective 6
Collegewide Elective 4Collegewide Elective 7
Collegewide Elective 5(Pre-thesis workshops) OR Thesis Tutorial for 7 contract graduation
(Portfolio review)
Year 4Senior Seminar(Thesis research) Thesis tutorial
Thesis tutorialCollegewide Elective 10
Collegewide Elective 8Collegewide Elective 11
Collegewide Elective 9(Thesis & Bac for 8 contract graduation)
(Thesis & Bac for 7 contract graduation)

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Sociology

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (or transfer credit)ISP #1 Ethnography: Theory and Practice
Upper Level Cultural Anthro Course #1Human Origins or Language, Culture, and Society
Introductory Language 1 (or transfer credit)Introductory Language 2 (or transfer credit)
Upper Level Cultural Anthro Class #2
Year 4Survey of Archaeology (or transfer credit)ISP #2 Method and Theory in Archaeology
History of Anthropological TheoryUpper Level Archaeology Class #2
Upper Level Archaeology Class #1Intermediate Language 2
Intermediate Language 1Thesis

This two-year pathway is only a representation of what would be the ideal path for transfer students who come in with an Associate Degree or equivalent transfer credit. Yet students’ individual interests and needs may lead them to different pathways. Students should consult with sociology faculty to determine best pathway. Although we list college wide electives, that should not preclude students from taking more sociology courses instead.

Students who transfer with an Associate’s degree do not have to complete the LAC requirements.

Items in parenthesis are non credit activities that must be done to graduate with a Sociology AOC.