Are you fascinated by human relationships? Curious about why and how human beings choose to behave as friends, as a family, as a community, as a society? Intrigued by the nature of the relationship(s) that exist between individual people like yourself and the larger society of which you are a part? Yes? Then we invite you to investigate the evolving nature and changing character of human relationships in an increasingly global and complex world as a sociology major at Whitman, where you will:

  • Be challenged to think deeply about such contemporary issues as inequality according to race, class and gender; environmentalism; the size and distribution of the world’s population; the impact of technology upon the quality of life in both developed and developing nations; crime and the operation of our criminal justice system, and much more.
  • Acquire a strong foundation of skills that you can use in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, including analytical and critical thinking and speech; logical reasoning and interpretation; the clear and articulate presentation of your ideas, both in writing and verbally; and quantitative equalitarian research methodology.
  • Choose from the numerous opportunities that we offer to test and apply your classroom knowledge of sociological principles to any of a variety of real-world situations in Walla Walla or beyond. For example, you can volunteer at a local community service agency as part of our Field Lab in Applied Sociology course. Or you can get an “insider” look at the Washington State Penitentiary by participating in our Prison Research Group. You can be among the many sociology students who earn program credits by studying at the Philadelphia Center or the Chicago Urban Studies Program or the Washington Semester Program. Or you can study abroad, as almost half of all Whitman students do. The discipline of sociology allows you to derive great value from spending time in just about any part of the world, engaged in just about any kind of activity.
  • Join a close-knit community of students and professors; work with a faculty who are supportive of your academic and professional goals and who are willing to help you pursue your own individual interests in sociology - whatever they may be - to the greatest extent possible.