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The Senior Program

The Senior Program is an integrating, culminating academic experience for all sociology majors. Drawing on the methodology, research and thinking skills that they have developed during the first three years of study, seniors work closely with at least one faculty member to plan and complete the senior thesis. Work on the thesis includes an oral presentation in a public forum, where the audience includes visiting faculty members from other colleges and universities as well as faculty and students from the Hamilton program.

Recent projects in sociology include:Police Officers, District Attorneys, and the War on Drugs

  • Can We Talk?: How Talking About Ourselves and Talking About Others Builds Group Solidarity
  • Female Students “Doing Gender” at Hamilton College
  • Complexifying Intra-Movement Interactions: Collaboration, Conflict, and Competition Between Two Environmental Justice Organizations
  • “Hearts and Minds”: Commitment Culture at Silicon Valley Tech Organizations
  • How to Become a “Power Gay”: A Qualitative Study on Social Mobility, Privilege, and Opportunity in the New York City Gay Community
  • The Best: How Certain Professors Come to Stand Above the Rest
  • From Martin’s Way to Wall Street: A Study of “Career Funneling” at Hamilton College
  • Souls & Voices Of Black and Brown Folks: A Look at Self-Segregation Practices of Black and Hispanic Students at a Predominately White College
  • Comfortable with Casual, but Committed to Commitment: A Study of College Students’ Intimate Relationships
  • The Life of an ‘Exotic’: Finding Your Place with a Multiracial Identity

Contact Information


Sociology Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4404 315-859-4649 sociology@hamilton.edu
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