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Program Overview

“[The sociological imagination] is a quality of mind that seems most dramatically to promise an understanding of the intimate realities of ourselves in connection with larger social realities.”  (C. Wright Mills)

Sociology at Bard provides students with an understanding of the structures and processes of human society -- from everyday interactions with friends, co-workers, and family members to macro-level processes of global magnitude. The Sociology curriculum offers a theoretical and methodological foundation for examining social, cultural, and political forces and analyzing how they shape people’s behavior, interpretations, social status, and well-being. Through exposure to a wide array of quantitative, qualitative, and historical research, Sociology students learn to study the social world in a way that is both rigorous and flexible.

Faculty research and teaching areas include: social inequality; gender & sexuality; immigration; sociology of law; politics & social movements; the state; deviance, crime, & punishment; urban sociology; environment & society; globalization; family; demography; and research methods.

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Bard Sociology is Hiring a Visiting Professor for 2017-18:

Bard College invites applications for a half-time, one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Sociology for the 2017-2018 academic year to begin in Fall 2017. Substantive areas are open but preference will be given to candidates who can teach in one or more of the following areas: urban sociology, environmental sociology, political sociology, and sociology of development. Applicants are expected to teach introduction to sociology. Other courses must meet our departmental needs but will be tailored to the candidate’s interests and strengths. 

The successful candidate must hold or be near completion of a PhD. Please send a letter of application that details research and teaching interests, a CV, a course syllabus, and available student evaluations to Yuval Elmelech ( and Peter Klein ( Finalists for the position will be asked to submit 2 letters of recommendation. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until filled. For more information on Bard, visit: Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in candidates who intend to contribute to the diversity goals of the institution.

Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs. Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.