How does access to power affect peoples’ life chances? What are the invisible social forces that shape who we are and what we do on a daily basis? What holds societies together and what makes them change over time? Sociology at Holy Cross is designed to provide a critical assessment of the modern world and an understanding of the latest issues in social theory and research. The curriculum features the analysis of cultures and social institutions, of social problems and social change, and of the contribution of social science to policy formulation and implementation. The department also encourages students to go beyond the classroom by participating in internships, study abroad options, and interdisciplinary concentrations.
Faculty in the sociology department engage in qualitative and quantitative research to explore topics such as: social movements, medicine, inequality, politics, consumerism, stratification, family, economics, globalization, food, deviance, poverty, disaster, travel, corporate responsibility, religion, race, class, gender, and environmental issues. They publish books with major academic presses and articles in prominent journals while also producing gallery exhibitions, sharing expertise with public officials, and working for social and environmental justice on local and national levels.
Majoring in sociology is appropriate for students with a wide range of educational and career interests including, but not limited to, graduate study in social sciences, public administration, health care, urban affairs, journalism, communications, and gerontology, and careers in business, law, government, social services, and public health.