Castleton’s Sociology Program is recognized as the University's first “engaged” academic program for its commitment to experiential study, service learning, civic engagement, community development, and sustainability.
Sociology plays an important role in our world. Through the scientific study of society and culture, sociology prepares students for the rapidly changing world in which we live. Core courses in sociological perspectives, social theory, and research provide the foundation for many options of study, especially in cultural anthropology, power and conflict, community studies, and criminology.
Numerous opportunities to pursue both education and community involvement are available through the Sociology program. Here are a few examples of how sociology students and faculty have made positive changes:
Each semester students in the Sociological Research Methods class solicit research ideas and topics from the University community. From the topics submitted, between eight and 12 are chosen for research by the students.
Each group of two students conceptualizes and operationalizes the ideas for inclusion in a questionnaire, which is administered face-to-face or over the phone to a randomly selected group of Castleton students.
The data is analyzed and presented to the community in poster and paper format. Past projects have dealt with topics such as:
Various offices and programs have benefitted and used the data from the projects to bring change to our campus.
Many graduates of the Sociology program go on to graduate or professional school to study sociology, cultural anthropology, social work, law, international development, and criminology.