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