Academic Programs

Division of Social Studies



Sociology at Bard aims to provide an understanding of the structure and processes of society, explain and chart the course of social changes, and offer knowledge of the sources of those actions and ideas that are learned and shared through social membership. While contemporary complex societies are of central concern, cross-cultural comparative materials also lend meaning to the particular patterns of American life. Students are encouraged to engage in internships and original research.


Students planning to moderate in sociology are required to take Sociology 101, Introduction to Sociology; Sociology 203, History of Sociological Thought; and Sociology 205, Introduction to Research Methods, before Moderation. For Moderation, students submit the standard autobiographical outline of past and future work and a 10-page essay on a topic of their choice that has been approved by their adviser. Majors are expected to take Sociology 304, Modern Sociological Theory; two 300-level seminars; and two additional electives. Each student must write a Senior Project.

Recent Senior Projects in Sociology

  • "Behind the ‘Model Minority': Asian Americans Facing Discrimination in Education and the Labor Market"
  • "Reconceptualizing American Public Schools: An Analysis of One of Central Harlem's High- Performing Charter Schools in the Context of the Charter School Movement"
  • "The Park Slope Food Co-op: A Model for Participatory Democracy"
  • "‘We Belong to No One': A Critical Analysis of the American Foster Care System"
  • "Women Troubles: Tranquilizer Prescriptions in the 1950s"


In addition to required courses, tutorials and Major Conferences are offered regularly, based on individual study and interest. Recent tutorials include Minorities and the Media, The Death Penalty and Public Opinion, and Controversies in Education.