The Sociology program at the Smith College teaches you to conduct social research, first in methods courses that teach basic quantitative and qualitative research skills, and then by undertaking research with faculty assistance. Some students continue research in honors projects or in conjunction with faculty research efforts.
Recent research projects have examined immigrants and refugees, the relationship between contemporary anti-oppression workshops and the Civil Rights movement, the formation of virtual communities on the Internet, and the collective memories of concentration camp survivors and their liberators. The department also encourages students to spend their junior year studying abroad.
Sociology Learning Goals
As a department, the main learning goals that we have for our students are that they develop both critical sociological analysis and research skills. By “critical thinking skills” we mean that a) our students should be introduced to the sociological perspective and develop what C. Wright Mills called the “sociological imagination,” a critical faculty permitting one to connect personal experience with larger social and historical forces, and by “making the familiar strange,” or rendering problematic those habits and social rituals that seem “natural”; b) we want our students to read, understand and learn to employ sociological theories; c) we expect our students to develop in-depth understanding of specific social phenomena in course electives that cover specific areas of sociological thinking, practice and analysis.
The research skills we want our students to learn include: a) introducing them to different sociological methods, and to ways of analyzing social data statistically; b) we expect students to become proficient in either quantitative research methods (by designing and implementing a survey questionnaire, and by carrying out basic statistical analysis of survey data; or qualitative research methods (by learning to conduct participant observation, focus groups, in-depth interviewing, discourse analysis and visual analysis); and c) to develop the skills to evaluate and critique social research.
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Programme StructureCourses include:
- Statistics for Sociology
- Theories of Society
- Methods of Social Research
- Qualitative Methods
- Sociology of Hispanic Caribbean Communities in the United States
- Practicum in Community-Based Research
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesSociology View 1349 other Masters in Sociology in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Common Application or Coalition Application
- Smith Writing Supplement
- Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
- Counselor Recommendation
- Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
- Official SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET*
- Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)
International53940 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 53940 USD per year during 48 months.
National53940 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 53940 USD per year during 48 months.
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