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Sociology is the scientific discipline of focusing on the social behavior of humankind. Observing the more difficult aspects of culture, sociologists search for answers to explain how society may contribute to problems and understand these issues in modern society. Sociology students leave Gallaudet prepared to put theory into action, making the world a better place through the vocations of social work, teaching, law, business, and public service.
Students in the Sociology program examine social life, social change, and how people influence and are influenced by others in society. Students gain analytical, research, and communication skills to make...
Students in the sociology program have had the opportunity to participate in research on a range of subjects including interviewing police officers and interpreters who work with Deaf people in the criminal justice system and examining perceptions of happiness among Deaf students who attend different types of schools. Current students can reach out to faculty members to inquire about opportunities.
The Center for Black Deaf Studies (CBDS) provides a space for sociology students to take part in understanding the experience of Black deaf people. Whether through lectures, films, forums, or workshops, sociology students won’t have a hard time finding something to suit their interests and gain a deeper understanding of Black deaf culture.
Sociology majors are required to complete at least one internship during their time in the program. These internship opportunities allow students to gain practical experience to help lead them on their career path and to observe the theories and concepts of their studies in the real world.
Past internships include areas such as:
Students interested in criminal justice may be especially interested to know that Gallaudet’s connections with federal offices, the D.C. Metro Police Department gives them access to fascinating and unique internship opportunities.
Since its founding in 1920, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) has stood by its motto, "To investigate humanity for the purpose of service." The opportunity to join the AKD Honor Society is open to select juniors or seniors and gives students the chance to be a part of a strong community of professional and social networks as they near completion of their college careers. Check with an advisor to see if you meet the academic requirements.
While it could be argued all literary works in the Library of Congress are opportunities to study sociological perspectives, the Microform Reading Room has a significant amount of works based on sociology in their Humanities and Social Sciences Division. An abundance of information is at your disposal such as polls or surveys of social problems in the history of the United States, in addition to the many collections associated with the history of social movements that can be found in the Manuscript Division.
The Smithsonian Institution is a tremendous resource for budding sociologists. With locations and exhibits such as the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and the Smithsonian Latino Center, students have the opportunity to learn more about the many cultures that have made American culture what it is today and apply sociological perspectives to consider the future.
The current members of the Sociological Honor Society
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