Develop an understanding of the changing social world, through a focus on the structure of society and social groups, and develop the analytical skills needed for a successful career.
The Sociology minor enables you to understand the connection between social institutions, cultural practices, and personal experience. Diverse course offerings allow you to investigate behavioral and identity dynamics through the lenses of ethnicity, age and gender — in the United States and abroad. You'll apply critical analysis methodologies to societies in the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
You will also be able to expand and apply your knowledge through service learning opportunities in the Cambridge, Mass. area.
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This course focuses on the sociological impact and consequences of being female. It examines variations among women due to the influences of cross-cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic conditions. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students explore women’s changing roles in work, relationships and family, as well as the societal image of women and patriarchy.
This course focuses on family as a social institution in contemporary North American society. Through sociological and psychological frameworks, students explore family forms and relationships, race/ethnic and class diversity, gendered division of labor and immigrant family experiences.
This course introduces students to the peoples, cultures and identities in the region broadly defined as the Middle East, and the way those issues have been studied. The course will focus on elements of social structure and organization in urban and rural life. Identity and place in society will be explored in depth. Other topics include: Occidentalism, orientalism, secularism, modernity, religion, democracy, terrorism, war and the status of women, among others.
This course introduces students to the emerging discipline of girls’ studies. We focus on the social and cultural construction of girlhood and how social categories of race, class, ethnicity, and education, in conjunction with the media, shape girls’ lives in U.S. society. Students apply theory to practice in a seven-week service-learning project for middle-school girls in Cambridge. Students will research, design, implement, and evaluate a girls’ group focused on the intersection of identity, body image, and media literacy.
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The Girlhood Project brings together middle school girls and Lesley student mentors to examine issues of identity, body image, and media culture.