Program Overview

“…the science of association is the mother science; the progress of all the others depends on the progress of that one.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1840)

Sociology at Bard provides students with a way to understand 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 solid theoretical and methodological foundation for examining social, cultural, and political forces and for 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; historical sociology; social theory; and research methods.

In the Sociology Program, students are encouraged to engage in internships and original research.

Moderating in Sociology

1. Before Moderation: Students planning to moderate in Sociology are required to take the following three courses before Moderation: a 100-level course in sociology (ideally SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology); SOC 213 Sociological Theory; and SOC 205 Introduction to Research Methods. In order to moderate, students must earn a grade of C or better in the core classes Sociological Theory and Introduction to Research Methods.

2. For Moderation: students submit the two autobiographical essays that Bard requires for moderation (see this for information), and a 10-page sociology paper (or two 5-page papers) on a topic chosen in consultation with their adviser. Papers may be from sociology courses. The program recommends revising existing papers before submitting them for moderation.

3. Before Graduation: Sociology students must take at least three Sociology elective courses (any level) and two 300-Level advanced seminars.

4. Finally, each student will write a Senior Project that is based on their own original sociological research.

Summary of Requirements for the Major:
100-Level Sociology Course
SOC 205 Introduction to Research Methods
SOC 213 Sociological Theory
Sociology Elective
Sociology Elective
Sociology Elective
300-Level Seminar
300-Level Seminar
Senior Project I & II

Note: Students may arrange a joint major in Sociology and another program, such as History or Psychology, or with a concentration, for example Africana Studies or Gender & Sexuality Studies. The requirements for Moderation and course work will include those listed above as well as the requirements for the joint program selected.

Please see the Sociology courses page for a list of recent classes in the program,divided into 100-level introductory courses, 200 level classes, and advanced 300-level seminar courses for moderated students.