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Haverford College
Department of Sociology


Sociology courses help students learn how to “do sociology” by exposing them to exemplars of what sociology has been and by asking them to study micro- and macro-aspects of the “social world.” We believe that there are a variety of legitimate ways to “do sociology” and we do not seek to privilege any one of them.

Our individual courses construct arguments for students to consider, to develop, and to argue against and they provide the analytical and methodological training students need to formulate theoretical arguments and to evaluate those arguments empirically. We want an active engagement from our students as they find their own points-of-view within the discipline, and we expect from them a theoretical and methodological rigor and sophistication within the approaches that they study and adopt.

Major Requirements

A total of at least eleven courses, including 155a and 155b (two semesters of Foundations in Social Theory); 215a, Economics 203, or the equivalent (quantitive methods, statistics); 450a and 450b (senior thesis); plus 6 additional courses in sociology. Students should consult their advisor about the possibility of receiving major credit for sociology courses taken at other campuses, including, but not limited to, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and the University of Pennsylvania. Such credit will normally be granted if the courses enhance the integrity of a program grounded in the Haverford curriculum.

Minor Requirements

A total of at least six courses, including 155a and 155b (Foundations in Social Theory); 215a (Quantitative Methods, or the equivalent), plus at least three 200 and/or 300-level courses in the department. No more than four courses may be taken with a single professor.