Sociology

The secondary field in Sociology provides students with exposure to the bedrock theoretical ideas and empirical strategies of sociology while also allowing for a diverse, flexible plan of study.

Sociology emphasizes the successful integration of theory and empiricism, teaching the importance of both elegant thinking and analytical rigor. It is a broad, multi-paradigmatic field that concerns itself with the entire range of human social interaction. Sociology also embraces a wide variety of “strategies of knowing,” from quantitative analysis to archival and ethnographic research.

Students concentrating in other fields may well find this a useful supplement to their primary field of instruction. Sociology is an inter-disciplinary field that bridges topics that are often studied in isolation elsewhere in the social sciences. Concentrators in other fields may find it illuminating to see their "home" topic from this more general sociological perspective.

Sociology teaches analytical and methodological skills relevant to a wide range of professions.

REQUIREMENTS: 5 courses (20 credits)

  1. Sociology 97: Tutorial in Social Theory, a basic introduction to sociological theory. Offered both terms.
  2. Sociology 128: Methods of Social Science Research, a basic introduction to methods. Offered fall term.
  3. Three concentration electives, one of which must be an advanced-level course (Sociology 100 or above). An introductory-level course (Sociology 10-89) is recommended but not required as part of this sequence.

OTHER INFORMATION

One of the three "concentration electives" may be taken Pass/Fail or SAT/UNS; Sociology 97 and 128 must both be taken for letter grades. Sociology 97 will ordinarily be taken in the sophomore year. Letter-graded courses must be passed with a grade of C+ or higher in order to receive credit toward completion of the secondary field. Courses taken abroad will not be counted towards a secondary field.

Sociology 97: Tutorial in Social Theory will be open to all enrolled undergraduates, including but not limited to secondary field students. Though junior tutorials are normally only open to concentrators, secondary field students may be allowed to enroll in junior tutorials for credit as electives but are not obligated to do so. Special permission from the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies is required for secondary field students to enroll in junior tutorials.

ADVISING RESOURCES AND EXPECTATIONS

For information about the secondary field, please contact Laura Thomas (lthomas@wjh.harvard.edu). For advising, please see the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology, Dr. Rachel Meyer (meyer2@fas.harvard.edu). The office is located on the 6th floor of William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street.