The Senior Program

The Senior Program is an integrating, culminating academic experience for all sociology majors. Drawing on the methodology, research and thinking skills that they have developed during the first three years of study, seniors work closely with at least one faculty member to plan and complete the senior thesis. Work on the thesis includes an oral presentation in a public forum, where the audience includes visiting faculty members from other colleges and universities as well as faculty and students from the Hamilton program.

Recent projects in sociology include:Police Officers, District Attorneys, and the War on Drugs

  • Utica: Unorganized Opportunity and Unrealized Potential
  • Education Matters: The Effect of the Language Barrier on Hispanics
  • In Your Condition: The Pregnancy Police and the Social Implications of Public Surveillance 
  • Sass, Not Class: How Elite, Single-Sex Schooling Mitigates Socioeconomic Inequality
  • Money, Cash, Hoes: What are the gender specific differences in the interpretation of sexually explicit hiphop/rap music
  • Secrets of Sisterhood Revealed: An exploration into the Normalized Sexual Behavior of and Peer Influence among Sorority Sisters and Hamilton College
  • Why do Hamilton women drop out of STEM majors?
  • The Rotting Apple: Understanding the Collective Memory of a Defunct Institution
  • Racial Ambiguity: The Impact of Racial Misclassification at the Interactional Level
  • A Generation Logged On: Increased Social Networking & The Subsequent Effect on College-­Aged Users
  • “You Better Redneckognize...” Boundary Work and Audience Perception of Redneck Reality Television
  • Foreclosure in the Sun Belt: Social Capital and Community in the Wake of Economic Crisis
  • An Examination of Emotional labor: A Study of Social Workers and Burnout
  • Study Abroad: an Analysis of Cultural Immersion as a Transformative Experience
  • A Fleeting Crossover? The Study of Black and White Masculinities on the Pickup Basketball Court
  • On-Call in the Room Next Door: Emotional Labor in Student Peer Groups
  • Aspirations for the Privileged, Educated, Young Woman: Conceptualizing Career and Motherhood in Life Course Planning
  • Mapping Moral Ambiguity: How College Women Navigate the Gray Area of Abortion
  • Good Moms: Narrative construction of maternal identity
  • Place, Taste and Space: How Symbolic Boundaries Impact the Community of the Local Food Movement
  • Women in Television News: A Mirage of Gained Power, Equality and Success
  • Fine Art World vs. Artisan-Craft Worlds: How they differ and why
  • Wear Pink. Have Fun. Fight Breast Cancer: Creating a Culture of Positivity in the American Breast Cancer Awareness Movement
  • Prioritizing the Health of the Students: How Schools and School Districts are Handling the Obesity Epidemic
  • Oak or Cherry?: A Study of Rationalization and Emotion Management in the Funeral Home
  • Institutional Variability in Higher Education Systems: The Transmission of Cultural Capital and Social Capital
  • Scores or Results: How schools in New York State are handling standardized education
  • Crime or Disease: The Treatment of the Mentally Ill from Court to Jail
  • The Effect of Social Networking Sites on Interpersonal Ties
  • Seeking Justice in a System of Mass Incarceration: Why American Prosecutors Plea Bargain Punitively
  • Parental Mediation: Attitudes and Methods in Parental Influence of Preteen Television Consumption
  • Determinants and Effects of the Study Abroad Experience at Hamilton College
  • Disabling the Disabled: Investigating the Relationship between the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Declining Rate of Employment for People with Disabilities
  • The Modern Alienated Worker: A Comparative Analysis of Wal-Mart and Whole Foods
  • Planned Parenthood v. Protestors: A Study of the Challenges of Stigmatized Labor with Planned Parenthood Employees of Central New York
  • “ABC” vs “FOB”: Identity and Ethnic Labels among Chinese-American High School Students
  • Organizational Commitment among Veterans: A qualitative study on how Veterans’ interactions with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs affects Veterans’ views of the Department of Veteran Affairs