The Sociology major is offered at Pomona and Pitzer Colleges and may be available to Scripps students. Please consult with the appropriate department chair (or equivalent) at the home college to discuss specific major/minor requirements. Scripps students who declare this major must complete a senior thesis. In addition to having a faculty major adviser in this discipline, Scripps students must maintain a primary Scripps faculty adviser.
Sociology examines the ways people influence each other through societal institutions, organizations, and groups. Sociology often combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of such varied topics as urban life, family relations, ethnic relations, social class, social and religious movements, aging, and gender roles. The sociology major at Pomona College (see Pomona College catalog for details) emphasizes social theory and research. Pomona also offers a minor in sociology. The sociology major at Pitzer College (see Pitzer College catalog for details) is organized in two broad categories: foundation courses that are fundamental to the discipline of sociology, and courses that address special topics.