Doing sociology means developing, evaluating and understanding research, so every course involves hands-on research possibilities for students, carried out in small classes with the close assistance and supervision of faculty members. Many courses involve field trips; others provide training in computer-based research techniques. In addition, students have independent-study options in which they can develop their own research methods.
The sociology program is designed to promote ambitious, independent scholarship. The curriculum is not a strict hierarchy of courses, but a spectrum of opportunities in which good students are encouraged to advance as quickly as they can. Our goal is intellectual challenge — for every student, at every level.