The faculty of the Sociology Department have varied research and professional interests and experiences, including sociological theorizing and quantitative methods, cross-cultural comparisons, the impact of new technologies on society, ethnographic fieldwork, in-depth interviewing, and qualitative methods studying the connections between identity, emotion, and social change, as well as the sociology of gender and sexuality.
About the Major
Sociology majors study the creation, meanings, and consequences of social organization, ranging from individual and small groups to large social institutions and cultures. Centenary's Sociology Department encourages students to understand both the interconnections between self and society and the interplay between groups and social structures.
Through courses such as Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, Sex and Gender, Urban Sociology, Social Movements, and Society and Technology, students learn to understand and untangle the complexities and problems of contemporary society. By focusing on the consequences of social organization for diverse groups of people, students learn how societal problems emerge and what they might do to influence social change.
To connect learning in the classroom to people's lives in the world, many sociology classes have an experiential component in which students participate in the area of the social world they want to study. These experiences range from a "ride-along" with a local police officer to time spent helping in a grassroots social movement. These experiences support the Sociology Department's commitment to encouraging students to use their knowledge to enhance the lives of others.
Students pursuing careers in government, law, social work, marketing, and public policy administration often choose to major in sociology. Our graduates have been accepted for Ph.D. programs in Top 10 graduate schools in sociology and social work. Others have been admitted to outstanding graduate programs in law, social work, public health, and counseling. Graduates have been employed in nonprofit organizations, hospital administration, market research, government service, law enforcement, and teaching.