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Sociology

Sociology examines how changes in technology, work and social life affect our relationships with each other and the world. At Bentley, you’ll explore these connections through courses that integrate theoretical concepts with practical, hands-on research. Delving into such diverse topics as media and culture, criminal and social justice, immigrant entrepreneurship and human trafficking, you’ll develop a critical lens for understanding how social constructs are created and defined — and a deeper awareness of how that knowledge can be used to effect social change. And because every aspect of humans’ lives are “social,” a degree in Sociology can pave the way toward a successful career in virtually any industry, from law and finance to medicine and health to government and public policy.  

Cover of Tacit Racism, the newest book by Professor Anne Rawls

Rawls examines racism in America in new book

In her latest book, Tacit Racism, co-written with University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor Waverly Duck and published by the University of Chicago Press, Professor Anne Rawls explores how racism is coded into the everyday social expectations of Americans. Rawls and Duck and argue that these interactions can produce racial inequality, whether the people involved are aware of it or not, and that by overlooking tacit racism in favor of the fiction of a “color-blind” nation, we are harming not only our society’s most disadvantaged — but endangering society itself.

Professor Dan Everett seated at desk

Everett invited to SciFoo “unconference”

This summer, Professor Dan Everett will make a return visit to SciFoo, an informal annual conference held at Google’s California headquarters. Pioneered by O’Reilly Media, a leading publisher in the field of information technology, the invitation-only event is often hailed as an “unconference” because it has no predefined agenda; instead, attendees — comprising more than 200 leading scientists, technologists, writers and other thought-leaders — collaboratively create one during the first evening.

Cover image from Professor Angela Cora Garcia's newest book

In new book, Garcia explores mediation

In How Mediation Works:  Resolving Conflict Through Talk, Professor Angela Cora Garcia explores how mediation is used to resolve conflict. Published by Cambridge University Press, the book is the first to use conversation analysis to study how mediation works. In it, Garcia evaluates the various techniques mediators use to help disputants tell their stories, make and respond to complaints and accusations, and come up with ideas for resolving the dispute, and illustrates how these techniques impact the experience and responses of disputants.

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Contact

Gary C. David
Associate Professor and Chair
Morison Hall 179
781.891.2698
gdavid@bentley.edu

Angela Garcia
Minors Coordinator and Professor
Smith Technology 300
781.891.3154
agarcia@bentley.edu

Darlene Saunders
Senior Academic Coordinator
Morison Hall 109
781.891.2056
dsaunders@bentley.edu