Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

As one of the oldest disciplines at Oberlin, sociology has retained its focus on the systematic study of social phenomena—social unrest; economic and political behavior; culture; inequality; social organization; identity; and related phenomena—by examining the social origins of the self, groups, and institutions.

Program Director

Rick Baldoz

Associate Professor of Sociology
Department Affiliation


Why Study Sociology at Oberlin?

Associated Faculty
Variety of Courses
Study Away Programs

Upcoming Sociology Events

Sample Courses

  • SOCI 112 Introduction to Sociology: You’re Not the Boss of You 4 credits
  • SOCI 203 - Desire to be Modern: Sociology of Sexuality 4 credits
  • SOCI 378 - Sociology of African-American Community 4 credits
  • SOCI 420 - Social Inequalities: Class, Race, and Gender 4 credits

Sociology News

Writer, Director, and Marketer

June 7, 2016
Abigail Barr ’15 is making her mark on the New York theater scene using her variety of skills and sense of humor to work with the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Peoples Improv Theater in New York, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee , and Dark Matter Productions.