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If you are fascinated by the social lives of human beings, the complexity and consequences of social behavior and/or want to make a positive impact in a quickly changing society, then sociology is the major for you! Majoring in sociology will deepen your understanding of our social landscape and equip you with the tools, theories and methods to investigate and analyze our diverse world. Sociology graduates are well prepared for a range of possible career areas, including education, business, marketing, social work, health care, criminal justice, law enforcement, human services and government.

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Meet Heidi, a sociology major at Linfield

As a sociology major at Linfield

you might take:

Gender and Society

Discover the many ways that gender shapes – visibly and invisibly – our everyday lives. (SOAN 205)

Environment, Society and Culture

Examine how individuals shape and are shaped by our environments and explore how people unite to challenge environmental injustice around the world. (SOAN 250)

Music Subcultures, Scenes and Communities

Explore how individuals, from punks to posers, make meaning through music. Spend time investigating your own favorite music scene while learning important field research methods. (SOAN 251)

Studying sociology at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • The ability to see how individual lives are connected with wider social and cultural processes and forces.

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  • Fundamental understanding of the relationship between theory and method in the historical context of your discipline.

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  • The ability to access, organize, critically analyze and produce knowledge about humans as social and cultural beings.

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  • Oral and written skills for effective communication in a variety of contexts.

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  • The ability to work both independently and cooperatively in application of sociological or anthropological ideas.

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Intern in all areas of sociology

Internships provide invaluable hands-on experience and further develop your professional skills. Some organizations where sociology majors at Linfield have found internship placements include:

  • Family Building Blocks
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • OMSI
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Yamhill County Juvenile Corrections Division
  • Rainbow Family Services
  • Washington County DA Office

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Robert Gardner
Robert Gardner
Department Chair and Professor
Walker Hall