The sociology major is designed to help students develop an understanding of and an appreciation for the principal sociological perspectives, theories and research methodologies of the discipline. Sociologists study people and their relationships in social and cultural contexts, as well as analyze those social institutions and structures of power involved in the shaping of human experience.
Pitzer Advisers: A. Bonaparte, A. Junisbai, J. Kizer, E. Steinman, P. Zuckerman
Most of our sociology courses are organized in two broad categories: foundation courses that are fundamental to the discipline of sociology (Category A) and courses that address special topics (Category B). Courses numbered over 83 usually are considered upper division courses and may have prerequisites or require the permission of the instructor [see individual course descriptions]. Another set of courses (Category C), open only to senior majors, is designed to allow students to practice the craft of sociology by engaging in an original research project (quantitative, qualitative and/or theoretical). Students will normally complete the research as part of the requirements of the Senior Seminar (SOC 199A PZ ). Another option is to complete an independent research project/thesis under the direction of a Pitzer sociology faculty member (SOC 199B PZ ); students who choose to complete an independent research project/thesis must enroll in the thesis class (SOC 199B PZ ), which is designed to support, guide, and coordinate the successful completion of an independent research project/thesis.