Congratulations to the Class of 2022!
Welcome to Sociology!
Some say that “there is a sociology of everything,” and, indeed, sociology is perhaps
the single most diverse discipline of them all. Sociology explores every intricacy
of our social worlds, from the ways we interact in small groups to crime and deviance,
from race and gender relations to love and divorce, from the role of religion in everyday
life to environmental justice, and more. Sociology majors graduate with the ability
to gather data independently about these phenomena, to analyze them statistically
and qualitatively, and to apply theories to explain them. Perhaps most importantly,
sociology deepens students’ awareness of the social forces affecting their lives and
those of others, enabling them to address a host of social issues critically and constructively.
As a traditional liberal arts major, sociology inspires students to be life-long learners. As a contemporary, cutting-edge social science, sociology empowers students and prepares them for a rich variety of post-baccalaureate experiences. Recent graduates from our department have gone on to careers in law, public health, business, teaching, governmental agencies, and non-governmental (non-profit) organizations. Many have pursued graduate study in some of the foremost sociology departments in the country or have earned advanced degrees in law, criminal justice, public health, nursing, social work, and education, to name but a few. Still others have undertaken public service in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America, City Year, and elsewhere.
A hallmark of the Sociology Department is our sense of community. From our newsletter to our Facebook page to our gatherings with majors through the year to the bonds those majors forge in Senior Seminar, Sociology at Skidmore is a welcoming field of study. It challenges students to look outside themselves, but it also gives students the tools they need to better understand their world and the forces that shape and enframe their lives.
Information and Signatures
Need a signature for declaring a sociology major? Transfer credit? Study abroad? See
Professor Xiaoshuo Hou, our department's chair. She handles most departmental matters for students.
Dr. Hou's office is Tisch Learning Center #216. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.