The Sociology Department at Grinnell College seeks to develop in students the sociological knowledge and skills that will enable them to think critically and imaginatively about society and social issues. Serving students directly and society indirectly, the department encourages a commitment to social justice based on an appreciation of social and intellectual diversity and an awareness of social inequality.
Sociology, the scientific study of human behavior in social groups, seeks to understand how people interact, how they organize themselves in social groups, and how this organization changes. Courses in sociology focus on forms of social organization and social processes, in our own and other cultures, and on the theoretical and methodological approaches sociologists use to understand those forms. Courses contribute to critical, intelligent understanding of how the social world operates essential insight for any liberally educated person in a complex and rapidly changing world.
If you are interested in social justice, understanding how and why societies work they way they do, and willing and eager to challenge your existing conceptions of the world today, welcome home. The field of sociology offers you the flexibility to explore whatever it is about human nature and society that intrigues you.