The challenge of sociology is its insight into the complicated connections between individual lives and social institutions. Our goal is to give students the analytical tools of sociology that clarify those connections and enable them to become critical, thinking citizens.

Sociology’s tools include:

  1. concepts and theories that provoke precise thinking about the origins, development, and effects of institutions;
  2. experience “in the field” that informs, tests, and critiques the conceptual/theoretical tools; and
  3. practical research skills.

Sociology at Beloit College engages students and faculty together in raising questions, seeking answers, and searching for ways to improve our social and individual lives.


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