Sociology begins with an interest in people. It’s about how we cope; what influences our behavior; how, together or as individuals, we preserve or change the social order. This falls under the global politics and societies (GPS) department which includes four separate major programs of study in sociology, religious studies, political science, and international studies and one minor program of study in social justice.
The Hollins sociology major explores broad social questions and issues. In classes and in the field, you’ll consider such questions as: How does society work? How does it affect the individual? How can individuals and groups start positive personal and social change?
Major in Sociology
Sociology students develop an understanding of social and cultural diversity. They also learn the relationships between individuals, society, and the social inequalities we all face.
What You'll Learn
It's About the People
All majors select a specialized concentration of courses and complete a common core of foundation studies in the history, research methods, and theoretical perspectives of the discipline.
In classes and internships, students have opportunities to apply sociological concepts and methods of inquiry to contemporary issues and social problems.
The Science of Fear
Sociologist Margee Kerr has become an expert in what humans are afraid of. She’s even written a book (SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear) and has become a consultant for one of the country’s premiere haunted attractions. “I don’t think I would have had the courage to do that had I not gone to Hollins and had all these great mentors and examples of women creating the life that they want.”