Sociology Special Opportunities

Special Study Opportunities

  • Off-campus program in Ireland.
  • Internships in law, health, youth, social advocacy, and criminal justice organizations in the local community and throughout the country. Sociology majors have recently interned at Head Start, Oneonta Nursing Home, Otsego County Court, Opportunities for Otsego, Oneonta High School, and Mental Health Association.
  • Hardy Chair Lecture Program, which provides students with the opportunity to interact with distinguished, nationally recognized scholars in sociology.
  • Undergraduate research where faculty recruit and train highly motivated students to work on faculty research projects. Students have the opportunity to work with local agencies, conduct research, and present in local and national academic settings.

Student Research & Conference Presentations

Tyrell Blackmore ’17 and Candace Barrow ’18 presented a paper entitled “Analyzing Wrongful Convictions beyond Traditional Canonical List of Errors, for Structural Attributes” at the American Criminal Justice Society Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO March 2017.

Alicia Clapper ’16 presented a paper entitled “Mental Illness and Labeling Theory: Why the Mentally Ill are Labeled as Socially Deviant” at the Eastern Sociological Conference in Boston, MA March 2016.


A Commitment to Community-Based Learning and Research

As a Department, we emphasize:

Civic engagement: students participating in fulfilling community needs as identified by our community partners and linking that learning to disciplinary concepts, theories, and desired course-learning outcomes. Course content is built around those experiences in order to achieve intellectual goals and practice skills in research, analysis, leadership, team building, community organizing, and personal development.

Community-based service learning: distinct from volunteerism, because it incorporates into the complete experience, this practice includes academic preparation in the theory and concepts underpinning social systems and civic actions. This approach openly takes into account the need for relationships to be based on mutual respect; it challenges the race, class, gender, privilege matrix that feeds town-gown conflicts, stereotypes, and insularity; and it uses our collective wisdom to tackle, immediately and directly within our community, key issues of our time. We often work in conjunction with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, Violence Intervention Program, Planned Parenthood, and Opportunities for Otsego.

Community-based research generally flows from previous field work in the community and personal interests and commitments in conjunction with intellectual questions. Its agenda is rooted in grassroots needs and concerns and its goal is social transformation resulting in greater social justice.


Sociology Club

The Hartwick Sociology Club is open to all Hartwick students with an interest in sociology. Past events include:

  • Hosting Invited speakers
  • Trips to Sociology Conferences
  • Club Movie Nights
  • Service Activities for Oneonta Non-Profits

Sociology Club on HartLink

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