Curricular Clusters

Curricular Clusters enable students and faculty alike to conceptualize the coherence as well as the diversity, the depth and the breadth, of Sociology offerings at Vassar.

The selection of courses offered by the Sociology Department at Vassar can be seen as falling into six "clusters" – Globalization, Policy, Social Justice, Culture, Inequality and Difference, and Theory. Individual faculty members have placed their own classes in no more than two categories thereby providing an overall sense of courses that "go together." These clusters are not requirements nor are they intended as correlate sequences. They are designed to aid advisers and to help students make decisions about classes they may want to take. Still, these six categories can be used in various ways. Students concerned with a diverse selection of courses might want to choose classes that fall into different clusters, whereas students interested in a particular emphasis might take several courses within a single category. Either of these approaches could be useful in preparing sociology majors to write a senior thesis. 

In light of accelerated speed and ever expanding scope of globalization in and around our lives, students are encouraged to spend their junior year studying abroad in established Vassar College programs or non-affiliated programs around the world. Please see JYA Programs by Recent Sociology Alumnae/i

100 Level Courses

Course Globalization Policy Culture Inequality and Difference Theory

110. Gender, Social Problems and Social Change

         

111. Social Change in South Korea Through Film

         

160. What do you Mean by Globalization?

         

180. Power and Global Capital

         

200 Level Courses

Course Globalization Policy Culture Inequality and Difference Theory

205. What is a Just Society?

         

206. Social Change in the Black and Latino Communities

           

207.Commercialized Childhoods

         

210. Domestic Violence

         

215. Perspectives on Deviant Subculture

        

216. Food, Culture, and Globalization

         

229. Black Intellectual History

        

234. Disability and Society

         

235. Quality of Life

        

236. Imprisonment and the Prisoner

         

237. Community Development

         

247. Modern Social Theory: Classical Traditions

         

249. Latino/a Formations

          

250. Sex, Gender, and Society

         

251. Development and Social Change in Latin America

         

253. Children of Immigration

       

254. Research Methods

           

255. Race, Representation, and Resistance in U.S. Schools

           

256. Mass Media and Society

        

257. Reorienting America: Asians in American History and Society

         

258. Race and Ethnicity

         

259. Social Stratification

         

260. Health, Medicine, and Public Policy

         

261. "The Nuclear Cage": Environmental Theory and Nuclear Power

         

263. Criminology

         

264. Social Welfare and Social Policy: Perceptions of Poverty

         

265. News Media in America

         

267. Religion, Culture, and Society

           

268. Sociology of Black Religion

           

269. Constructing School Kids and Street Kids

       

270. Drugs, Culture, and Society

         

273. Sociology of the New Economy

         

277. Working Class Studies

         

300 Level Courses

Course Globalization Policy Culture Inequality and Difference Theory

305. The Social Construction of Race in the U.S.

        

306. Women's Movements in Asia

           

312. Corporate Power

         

317. Women, Crime, and Punishment

         

321. Feminism, Knowledge, Praxis

        

322. Walking

         

353. Bio-Social Controversy

         

356. Culture, Commerce, and the Public Sphere

        

365. Class, Culture, and Power

         

367. Mind, Culture, and Biology

        

368. Toxic Futures: From Social Theory to Environmental Theory

         

369. Masculinities: Global Perspectives

          

380. Art, War, and Social Change

         

382. Race and Popular Culture

         

383. Nation, Race and Gender in Latin America and the Caribbean

          

385. Women, Culture, and Development

          

388. Schooling in America: Preparing Citizens or Producing Worker

         

Sociology courses not listed in current Curricular Clusters

151. Introductory Sociology
206. Social Change in the Black and Latino Communities
254. Research Methods
255. Race, Representation, and Resistance in U.S. Schools
267. Religion, Culture, and Society
268. Sociology of Black Religion
290. Field Work
298. Independent Work
300. Senior Thesis
301. Senior Thesis
399. Senior Independent Work