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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

Students Present at Sociology Conference

Sociology_Conference_6For Alec Rhodes ’18, one of three HWS students who presented at the recent conference of the New York State Sociological Association, the experience offered long-term benefits. “Learning how to…
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Perkins Presents Behavioral Research in Galway

Perkins Wes 3In October, Professor of Sociology H. Wesley Perkins delivered an invited talk as a guest speaker at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His presentation, “Confronting the ‘Reign of Error’…
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Taking Pizza Posto on the Road

Sam SolomonSeven months after winning the Stu Lieblein ’90 Pitch Contest, Sam Solomon ’17 is launching a Go Fund Me campaign that will help make his vision for Pizza Posto a…
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