Sociology and the Liberal Arts in Practice at Hartwick:
The study of sociology as part of a liberal arts education helps students develop a critical understanding of the meaning, process, and structure of human interaction and, in so doing, helps them to better understand the past and present as well as to prepare for life in a world of increasing social complexity and interdependence.
Sociology provides insight into how people function in social relationships, as couples and as members of families, organizations, political institutions, social movements, and nations. It examines social structuring based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, economic status, and global location.
In addition to major requirements, Hartwick's sociology students may concentrate in areas of departmental focus and expertise: criminal justice, social work/community advocacy, social and political rights and movements, health and medicine. The department offers a broad range of courses within these areas of study, to complete the major. Students may select courses including:
- Deviance and Social Control
- Social Movements
- Women and Social Change
- Race and Ethnicity
- Introduction to Social Work
- Human Rights
- Domestic Violence
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Children's Lives
- Health and Medicine
At Hartwick, the direction of each student's program depends on his or her own interests and career goals. Students majoring in sociology design a program of study in consultation with an advisor in the department. A required core of courses introduces the main fields and theories of the discipline and different methods of sociological research and explores social inequality and interpersonal dynamics.
Hartwick's sociology professors utilize a broad range of challenging teaching and learning methods. Coursework often entails the use of video production, small group workshops, computer-assisted teaching, field trips, and community-based service-learning opportunities, designed to demonstrate and connect the theory and practice of sociology.
Hartwick's sociology major offers students immediate opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to fieldwork and internships-in the U.S. and internationally. Many courses provide community-based learning opportunities that connect students directly to local, national, and international organizations and allow them to explore and gain experience in contexts they may wish to pursue as careers. Sociology students also gain personal insight and understanding of their own social and political conscience, giving them the confidence to become truly productive citizens.