Dan Chambliss and Christopher Takacs '05 co-wrote How College Works, published in 2014 by Harvard University Press.
Your courses will present possibilities for hands-on research, carried out in small classes with support from faculty members. You may even do research over the summer with a professor. Instructors will provide you with training in essential principles and standards of scientific and statistical research – and encourage you to think creatively.
About the Major
Sociology at Hamilton is a rigorous but creative program in which accomplished professors and engaged students work closely together on a broad range of topics. Students learn to conduct and assess many types of social research. Majors receive instruction in both the methodology of research and the theoretical debates and principles that make social inquiry vital to human understanding. And they are trained to write and speak effectively to a variety of different audiences.
My sociology professors have embraced my inquisitiveness, motivated me to stretch my mind, and fostered in me a love of learning.
Crystal Kim ’15 — Sociology major
Sociology students can study politics, economics, religion, sex, race, power, ethics, history, mathematics and just about anything else involving human beings. Humans are social creatures, shaped and in some ways defined by their interactions, and sociology is the study of that process. It explores patterns of social life and examines how social structures and cultures influence our personalities, families, attitudes, behavior, work, leisure — our very identities.
Careers After Hamilton
- Professor/Sociologist, Florida Atlantic University
- Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque
- Director, Digital Media & Advertising, L’oreal Paris
- Chief of Staff, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
- Special Education Bilingual Teacher, Bronx Preparatory Charter School
- Co-Founder/Treasurer, Planting Seeds in Africa
- Men’s Basketball Coach, Rhode Island College
- First Assistant Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
- Dentist, Kids First Pediatric Dentistry
Social Class in American Society 204F
Consequences of inequalities in wealth, income, power and prestige. Social mobility, poverty, class differences in values and lifestyles, social class and politics.View All Courses
Research Methods 302F
Formulation of a research problem, choice of an appropriate research strategy, execution of that strategy and interpretation of the results. Both qualitative and quantitative methods presented. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.View All Courses
Seminar: Globalization and Its Discontents 319S
Globalization has been taking place for centuries, but its impact has accelerated over the last hundred years. We now live in a world with international flows of capital, services, information, and people. The effects of globalization are widely debated among passionate supporters and critics. This class aims to explore different facets of the complex, evolving phenomenon of globalization. The course introduces the main debates about the global economy and their implications on many aspects of people’s everyday lives. First we will define and discuss what globalization is. Then we will develop an historical perspective on the roots of globalization. Lastly, we will investigate primary dimensions of globalization such as trade, finance, aid, migration, and ideas. We will assess how these global flows support human development as well as how they fall short.View All Courses
Seminar on the Social Production of Food 329S
Examines the production and consumption of food in contemporary societies from a sociological perspective. We will study how food shapes personal identity and communal life; the organizational and institutional contexts food production from farm to table; the role food plays in popular culture and the rise of alternative food movements. Covers such topics as food, communal identity and family; the culture and practices of “Foodies”; the world of the restaurant kitchen; globalization and changes in farming and food consumption.View All Courses
Seminar in Sociological Analysis 356F
An examination, through the study of a wide variety of contemporary research works, of the modes of sociological explanation; geared to students curious about how social scientists analyze and describe the world. Authors include Massey, Hochschild, Desmond, Zelizer, Collins, Lieberson, Abbott, and others.View All Courses
Sociology of Disability 372S
Drawing on scholarship from sociology, anthropology, history and philosophy, this course will explore disability as a deeply embodied experience and at the same time one shaped in the context of families, communities, and societies. Questions the course will explore include: What are the costs and benefits of medical and social models of disability? What is the relationship between the individual experience of disability and social structures? How are factors like sexuality and class—modified by the challenges and opportunities associated with having a disability?View All Courses
A Student–Professor Partnership and a Successful Book
Arts, Academics and Gregorian Chant
When Ben Goldman ’17 visited Hamilton College, he says he met students who’d received College grants to do cool projects or attend conferences. “Now it’s going full circle; I’m getting funding to do a really cool project that I’m really passionate about,” says Goldman, who got a grant to travel to Quarr Abbey, on the Isle of Wight, to study Gregorian chant.