To give you an even more concrete picture, here are just a few examples of learning experiences from several of the required courses. Every class we teach involves a lot of discussion and group work.
American Politics. You participate in a simulation of how a bill gets formed and passed through Congress, acting as a lobbyist or congressperson.
Social Movements and Social Change. You work in a team to complete an in depth case study of social movement that emerged to address an injustice, and present results to the class.
Research Methods. You learn to write questionnaires and conduct research studies using statistical software. You become familiar with professional research in a topic area and organize findings into professional level reports.
Family. Students formally debate current policies that affect family life, like parental leave programs and whether to legalize same-sex marriage.
Criminology and Justice. You carry out research on a topic related to the justice system, often involving interviews with people in the justice system.
Social Theory. Students compare different views of social justice and develop their own vision of a good society.
Capstone Senior Seminar. Students become more expert in a sociological area that will apply in their future work or community service. They also work on how to talk about their learning as a sociologist to potential employers.