Sociology is the scientific study of societies. It’s a tool for explaining the complexities of human behavior, exploring the forces of social change, and bringing facts and reason to public policy debates. Students of sociology learn to investigate and interpret data about group behavior and institutions; to scientifically engage the operation of categories like class, gender, and race; and to design strategies for responding to social problems.
The Sociology curriculum at Eugene Lang College introduces the key texts, concepts, methods, research tools, and evolution of the sociology discipline. It includes training in qualitative research methods, such as participant observation, interviews, discourse analysis, and historical sociology. The interests of the faculty range from the micro (interactions of individuals in urban neighborhoods) to the macro (global political economy). Three themes define the program:
- Discourse, meaning, and identity
- Publics and politics
- Social inequality
Students can study sociology as a major (the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology), a minor, or a guided area of study (for Liberal Arts majors).
The University and New York City
Sociology majors at Eugene Lang College benefit from the intimate, seminar-based program of the college and the rich resources of The New School, a progressive urban university. These resources include
- The university's New York City location, which provides excellent opportunities for civic engagement projects (transformative social practice) and internships with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, media organizations, and research institutions
- Study abroad and exchange programs
- Speaker series and conferences featuring leading academic and applied sociologists from around the world
- A distinguished faculty, including scholars who also teach in the graduate Sociology Department of The New School for Social Research and the Media Studies, International Affairs, and Urban Policy programs of The New School for Public Engagement
- Interdisciplinary dialogue with programs in history, economics, environmental studies, psychology, urban studies, philosophy, and media studies
Eugene Lang College helps students develop as well-rounded, engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. Graduates of the BA in Sociology program can pursue advanced studies in social science and careers in social and public service, business, law, policy research and analysis, and education.