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The sociology department's program contributes to a general education in the arts and sciences by surveying sociology's basic modes of thought and strategies of inquiry. A vast amount of public and private decision-making in contemporary society is based on social research such as public policy evaluation; media, opinion, and marketing surveys; census studies; and population analyses. To cope with life in a modern society and to make independent judgments, an educated citizen should have a critical understanding of what social science research does to, for, and about him or her. Toward that end, many of the department's courses provide hands-on experience with modern social research procedures.

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Challenging Rape Talk: Women’s Activism and Gender Violence in Ukraine

The Reed College sociology department invites you to a talk by Professor Alexandra Hrycak and Molly Johnson '19. This presentation focuses on public...

9/30 4:30pm
Nailed It with Adele Pham

Join us for a screening of this documentary film followed by a Q&A with director Adele Pham. In virtually every city, state, and strip mall across the U.S.,...

11/6 4:30pm

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