Why We're Different
Our department is well known for its breadth of research methods, including but not limited to:
- Use of survey data to conduct quantitative analysis
- Careful ethnographic projects using in-depth qualitative data
- Coding media products to uncover themes hidden within cultural artifacts
- Work with Geographic Information Systems and other sources of "big data" about the social world
Our Sociology students study many of the major issues of the day: globalization, immigration, health and medicine, crime, technology, gender, racial inequalities, and aging. We provide students with the full range of empirical and theoretical tools to make sense of these topics.
Our majors choose from five concentrations:
- Generalist Sociology
- Health, Medicine, & Well-Being
- Criminology, Law, & Society
- Social Problems, Policy, & Justice
Course topics range from criminology to families and health to globalization and international development. See the Undergraduate Catalog to explore the complete list of Sociology courses.
Our faculty pursue research as an important tool of discovery – and as an essential method of teaching. Many of our professors have ongoing research projects that welcome student contributions. Often these faculty-student research collaborations result in published research articles or conference presentations.
The student-run Sociology Club hosts informal social events and opportunities to learn more about the field. There is a W&M chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honor society that promotes the scientific study of sociology. Students publish The Collective, a journal that showcases our undergraduate research.
We regularly hear back from our alumni that the quality of training they received has served them well in all kinds of pursuits. Some graduating majors dive right into a career in public service and administration, business, journalism, and other professions. Some choose to pursue academic or professional graduate programs.
Talk to Us
Want to know more? Our current students and faculty want to connect with you.
- Get an inside look: contact a current Sociology major
- Ask a professor: contact [[kejenk, Professor Kathleen Jenkins, Department Chair]]