Studying sociology is a journey of understanding how societies work and how people, institutions and groups behave and interact within them.

Using the rigor of sociology theory and methods, sociology majors or minors study how societies function and the ways people influence each other through institutions, organizations and groups.

On this academic journey, you will explore topics such as urban life, family relations, race and ethnicity, social class, social and religious movements, aging and gender roles.

You’ll observe and analyze these topics from two vantage points: the social sciences and the humanities, with both views grounded in social theory and research.

Sociology can be combined with majors in Public Policy Analysis and Gender & Women’s Studies.

  • Majors at Pomona College: Sociology
    Professor Lynn Rapaport explains what makes Pomona’s sociology major special.
  • In class with Professor Gilda Ochoa
    In class with Professor Gilda Ochoa
  • In class with Professor Gilda Ochoa
    In class with Professor Gilda Ochoa
  • In class with Professor Hung Cam Thai
    In class with Hung Cam Thai

What You'll Study

  • One introductory sociology course
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods courses
  • History and development of sociological theories
  • Four sociology electives
  • Senior thesis
1922
In 1922, Pomona College hired its first professor trained in sociology, William Kirk.

Researching at Pomona

  • Lena Fox
    Post-disaster residential patterns in the Mariana Islands

    Lena Fox '17 completed a research program looking at post-disaster homelessness, community integration and immigration in Saipan, an island in the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • Community Formation Within a Latina/o Nonprofit Organization

    Esther Cheung ’17 analyzed how a nonprofit builds trusting relationships with low-income, Mexican immigrants, despite the hegemonic processes within the organization's programming.

Esther Cheung
Esther Cheung ’17

I have learned to understand how people cope, survive and show love within and against the macrostructural processes of injustice, oppression, and power shaping everyday experiences. Sociology impacted the way I saw my own life and the world around me through the processes of immigration, racism, gender, sexuality, and community.

Faculty & Teaching

Among our professors are experts in political and global-transnational sociology, the effects of work and aging on marriage, Latino/a immigration, the sociology of popular culture, and contemporary Asian American issues. Their perspectives will expand yours, both in the classroom and as they mentor you in your own research.

Professor Lynn Rapaport

We think that we're the broadest of the disciplines, and also, we take the most critical stance and most critical point of view. When you finish a sociology class, what the students often tell me is that it changes the way that you think, and it changes the way that you see the world.