Exercise your sociological imagination: your awareness of the relationship between personal experience and the wider society. Learn how society works and how you can change it for the better.
About the Sociology Program
When you study sociology at Mills, you’ll gain a wealth of marketable skills, including oral and written communication, social science research methods, professional networking, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. In small, collaborative classes taught by supportive professors, you’ll analyze social issues—like immigration, inequality, gender identity, and violence—and explore the possibilities for social change. You’ll learn a variety of fieldwork methods, including interviews, surveys, observation of social situations, and photo documentation.
Throughout your studies, you’ll form close relationships with peers and professors. Classmates often form study groups and develop creative project ideas together. Your professors will help you chart an individualized path toward your career goal. They’ll help you choose from a wide range of sociology course offerings, which you can complement with classes in other disciplines. You’ll also be encouraged to gain experience by working with local organizations in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area.
The sociology major culminates in a senior seminar, in which students conduct original research and receive guidance from faculty on preparing for careers and applying for graduate school. Sociology majors graduate equipped to advocate for their ideas and inspire action in their chosen careers. View our sociology program details for in-depth information on the major and minor.
Courses You Could Take
Sociology of Hip-Hop
Women & Work
Sociology of US Immigration
Geographic Information Systems
Sociology of Oakland