Why Study Sociology?
As a Sociology major you’ll be introduced to classic and contemporary literature in the study of social interaction and gain a basis for a wide range of career options. You’ll learn quantitative and qualitative research methods for analysis and gain foundation for graduate and professional training in sociology, social work, organizational management, and allied fields. At Wheaton, an additional focus is the development of biblical advocacy in the promotion of social justice and equity.
Why Study Sociology at Wheaton?
Our sociology faculty recognize the need to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ at several levels of social interaction:
- The micro level involves face-to-face communication, for example, in marriage or the family.
- The middle-range level reflects activities in organizations or social movements.
- The macro level presents issues of culture and societal structures.
At each level, social processes such as socialization, stratification, urbanization, and social disorganization are examined through a biblical lens.
The Sociology program at Wheaton College is nationally ranked 6th among Liberal Arts colleges in producing Sociology Ph.D.s over the last 10 years, according to the National Science Foundation. Many of our majors have scored in the 99th percentile on the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Sociology.
Through the sociology program at Wheaton, you’ll develop a sociological imagination and begin to discern how to use it to make the world a better place, whether you go on to graduate school or a career in one of the many fields available to you. You’ll make a strategic difference in the world, near and far, by authentic social and cultural study.
Sociology at Wheaton began when Dr. Lamberta Voget joined the faculty in 1935. Voget was recognized on campus for her urban sociology immersion trips to Chicago, and became increasingly popular among the student body during the social activism in the 1960s.
Today’s faculty follow in her footsteps and have been awarded teaching awards, research and travel grants, and a variety of national and international recognitions. They serve as recognized consultants or contributors to international missions agencies, relief organizations, law enforcement venues, denominational headquarters, and academic institutions.
- Students Engaging in Sociology & Anthropology (SESA) builds a biblical foundation for understanding social interaction through a student forum that engages in sociological and anthropological thought.
By utilizing resources within and available to the department, SESA will seek to serve the students and faculty by planting and harvesting ideals of passion, collaboration,development, and celebration.
- Regular field trips take students to various religious centers, juvenile courts and detention centers, The Field Museum of Natural History, a variety of inner-city schools, the Marian Joy Rehab Center, and several urban youth programs.
- Our proximity to Chicago provides abundant opportunities with social services and law enforcement agencies for internships and independent study.
- Teaching and Research Assistants - Sociology and Anthropology majors often have the opportunity to work with a faculty member as a paid teaching or research assistant depending on the skills and interests of the student and faculty member.
- Competition - The Sociology and Anthropology department hosts the annual Fahs paper competition, where monetary prizes are awarded to the best sociological and anthropological papers.
- Global & Experiential Learning – semester study abroad programs, summer study abroad programs, spring break co-curricular trips
What Will I Learn?
The Sociology major introduces you to classic and contemporary literature in the study of social interaction and forms a basis for a wide range of career options.
- Minor in Sociology
- Minor in Social Work
- Minor in Family Studies
- Minor in Social Action
The certificate in Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to help you investigate national and international questions related to gender.
Consult the course catalog for full listing of current courses available in this field.