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  • Student/Faculty Research

    Our faculty members are leaders in their classrooms and in their fields of expertise. With books and journals on a variety of topics published by the most highly respected outlets, theoretical discussions are never far from the discipline's cutting edge.

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    Gerardo Marti presents at a conference
  • Building Expertise

    Students have the opportunity to present and publish research at academic conferences and in academic journals. Sociological study demands meticulous rigor and, once complete, should be shared.

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    A student presents his research at a poster fair
  • Sociology in the Community

    Faculty members and students are actively engaged in issues of the local and national community. Working to understand our lives and societies so that we can improve them is part of the sociological mission.

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    Students in Joseph Ewoodzie's class working on the Beatties Ford Road Project
  • Collaborative Research

    Our students work with faculty to ask–and answer–compelling research questions about our social world, learning the skills necessary to collect and analyze data in a variety of settings.

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Sociology Department

Sociology analyses and contextualizes the ways in which structural opportunities and constraints predict individual outcomes. Students develop a sophisticated ability to evaluate the effects of social dynamics in an increasingly interconnected world.

The Sociology Department at Davidson has particular strengths in a variety of sociological specializations, including:

  • The Sociology of Conflict
  • The Sociology of Culture
  • The Sociology of Education
  • The Sociology of Gender
  • The Sociology of the Past
  • The Sociology of Migration
  • The Sociology of Power
  • The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • The Sociology of Religion
  • The Sociology of Urban Life

In each of these areas, we ask that students critically engage with the ways in which current realities are constructed (and deconstructed) and how existing social problems came (and continue) to be. Additionally, sociology offers rigorous methodological training, and students graduate with wide-ranging acumen in oral history methods, statistics, survey and interview best practices, and quasi-quantitative methods like discourse and geo-spatial analysis.

The Davidson Sociology community is comprised of active and engaged faculty members who, while being maintaining positions of leadership in academic sociology, center their teaching and advising work in their professional identities. Sociology majors are working researchers–they have the opportunity to present at academic conferences, co-publish with their professors, and distinguish themselves during their time at Davidson. Whether looking forward to futures in industry, social justice, the academy or the government, our majors have the background to effect positive social change.