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Understand how social structures influence your life: exercise your sociological imagination.


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Connecting Individuals and Social Institutions

In Sociology, we look at the relationships between individuals and social institutions. How do things such as gender, level of education, socioeconomic status, and neighborhood influence people’s ability to make choices and shape their life outcomes? Maybe you’ve noticed patterns in who is tracked into advanced courses at your high school and who isn’t and wondered, “What’s going on there?” Or maybe you watch the news and see stories that make you ask yourself questions about how this phenomenon varies between urban and rural areas or by race. If so, you already think like a sociologist, or have what sociologist C. Wright Mills referred to as a “Sociological Imagination.”

Beloit’s sociology majors develop the analytical skills necessary to make connections between social institutions and individual lives. Your experience with sociology at Beloit will make you want to put your sociological skills to work. We see both the learning you do in the classroom and the learning you do outside of it as major parts of your sociological education. Whether it’s participating in an internship or the Duffy Community Partnerships Program, Studying off campus at another college or university around the world, or doing a long-term research project with a faculty member, Beloit sociologists put their education into practice!

Duffy student Uzma Sayed

Observing Help and Hope During a Pandemic

When field experiences ended suddenly, students continued to learn from the world around them, wherever they were, by observing social reactions to COVID-19.

Students and Alumni outside of Hull House

Sociology Students and Alums Meet Up at Hull House Museum

Sociology students and alumni make connections in Chicago.


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