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Departmental Activities

The department sponsors several activities each year for faculty members and majors. These events are designed to provide a relaxed atmosphere in which faculty and students can get together outside of the classroom. Sometimes a presentation is made by students, faculty, or outside speakers followed by discussion. Past programs have included: "Homeless Women and the State," "Post-Modernism and the Commodification of Social Control," "Presentation of Honors Work," by senior honors students in the department, and "The Politics of AIDS." Majors are encouraged to participate in the planning of programs for these events.

Student Liaison Committees


Sociology majors may volunteer to serve on the curriculum committee. Their role is to make suggestions to the department with regard to curriculum based on discussions with majors in the department, and to discuss ways of improving intellectual life for majors.


Majors may volunteer to serve on the personnel committee. Their role is to help in the process of selecting new faculty members when the department has vacancies. They will review curricula vitae, meet candidates, and discuss their reactions with faculty.

N.B. All students are invited to discuss specific curricular, personnel, or other academic matters with appropriate faculty members at any time. General concerns and policy suggestions are best raised through liaisons.