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SOCIOLOGY

Sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is activist and change oriented. Students typically study social behavior in modern industrial societies, especially the United States. Sociology stands between the humanities and the physical sciences, embracing core humanist concerns while at the same time incorporating the methodological rigor of the physical sciences. The sociology program at HWS has a strong justice-oriented dimension; not only do our faculty seek to convey an understanding of society, but its members have a keen interest in social problems, social theory, and social change. All faculty are involved in research and teaching that involves social issues, such as race, class, and gender inequality, community, alcohol and other drug abuse, prison life, welfare policy, organizational dysfunction, urban life, educational reforms, and marriage and the family. Much of what we teach revolves around issues of personal and social development, the distribution of social rewards, and the liberatory power of sociological consciousness. Without exception, our faculty can be described as having a strong emphasis on the applied and as sharing a commitment to the community, broadly construed. While we do not necessarily agree in our stance, all of us believe that sociology should be more than a merely academic enterprise. We lead our students through a journey to not only understand the social world but to use this understanding to critique and reshape it.


SOCIOLOGY NEWS

Doyle ’19 Secures Summer Internship with Bank of America

Doyle_Kaitlyn_1Caitlyn Doyle ’19 has already secured a 2018 summer internship with Bank of America as a global transaction services summer analyst. Throughout the application process, Doyle took advantage of opportunities…
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HWS Hosts NY Conference on Asian Studies

Asian_ConferenceThe New York Conference on Asian Studies, one of the largest regional conferences under the National Association for Asian Studies, was selected to take place at Hobart and William Smith…
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Tenure for 16 HWS Faculty Members

Built in 1901 by New York City architecture firm Clinton and Russell, Coxe Hall is named for the second Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Western New York State, who had  a close familial connection to Hobart College. Located in the very center of campus, Coxe Hall hosts classrooms, offices, the Cellar Pub dining area, and Bartlett Theatre, which served as HWS's main site of drama performances up until the building of the Gearan Center for Performing Arts.The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of President Mark D. Gearan, approved tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor to 16 faculty members.…
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