Sociology explores the social world around us, investigating the social, political, and economic institutions that shape our lives. Students are encouraged to develop a “sociological imagination,” a term coined by sociologist C. Wright Mills that refers to "the awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society." Students are thus challenged to think critically about assumptions concerning the social world and their place in it. Sociologists pay particular attention to inequalities and inequities—those constructed around race and ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, sexuality, and others—and their role in social institutions and the experiences of individuals.
Sociologists in the department focus on a variety of such institutions, including education, family, political economy, and government action—for example, immigration or health policies. The department offers courses focused on the United States and on communities in other parts of the world, as well as transnational communities. In required and elective courses, sociology majors develop an understanding of the significant concepts, theories, and methodologies that form the core of the discipline. Through coursework and independent research, students develop a critical perspective on the evidence used to understand the world, developing skills in collecting, analyzing, and evaluating empirical data.
In sociology courses from Bowdoin College, students will have the opportunity:
- To develop and use a sociological imagination to understand the social world.
- To understand the role of theory in sociology and be able to apply theoretical frameworks to build sociological understanding of the social.
- To understand, evaluate, and employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods and data used by social scientists.
- To develop knowledge of inequalities, power, and privilege in society and across the globe.
- To develop skills that allow the use of sociological knowledge and perspectives in future endeavors, public engagement, and social change.
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- Sociology of Campus Life: Race, Class, and Inequality at Elite Colleges
- Classics of Sociological Theory
- Sociology of Education
- Sociology of Deviant Behavior
- Human Population
- 48 months
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DisciplinesAnthropology Sociology View 1548 other Bachelors in Sociology in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Application and personal essay, application fee (nonrefundable) or fee waiver.
- Bowdoin Supplement
- Counselor Recommendation - Advisor's estimate of candidate's character and accomplishments
- Secondary School Report - Information concerning candidate's school offerings and environment
- Secondary School Record - Transcript
- Mid-Year Report OR official school transcript at Mid-Year - Report of mid-year grades and performance
- Teacher Evaluation - An evaluation completed by a teacher who has taught applicant either junior or senior year in an academic core subject
- Students whose first language is not English must submit official results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), from Duolingo English Test (DET) or from Cambridge English Assessment (CEA)
- Bowdoin accepts independent interviews from vendors, such as Initialview or Vericant, from our international applicants
International55822 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 55822 USD per year during 48 months.
National55822 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 55822 USD per year during 48 months.
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