The Discipline that Cuts across All the Others 

lass. Status. Power. Gender. Race. Ethnic relations. Politics. Crime. Religion. Medicine. Education. Culture.

With a sociology major or minor, all of these topics (and more) come under investigation.

When you study sociology at Franklin & Marshall, you discover the many interrelationships among the various fields of knowledge that constitute the liberal arts. Any question that has to do with people has a sociological answer.

We offer:

  • A supportive, friendly learning environment.
  • A very low student-to-faculty ratio, facilitating close relationships with professors.
  • A program highly respected by employers and elite graduate programs.
  • Chances to bond outside the classroom through gatherings at professors' homes, trips to conferences, and campus activities.

Each year, students in the program have unmatched opportunities to collaborate individually with faculty on meaningful research projects, or to engage in their own studies with faculty guidance. Students have presented the results of their work at professional conferences, and in co-authored articles in leading professional journals.

Our alumni enter a wide range of fields, from the human services to education, law, public health, medicine, business, and social research, and we are proud of the success they have experienced.


 Open Positions

POSITION:  The Department of Sociology at Franklin and Marshall College invites applications for a tenure-track position, beginning Fall 2018. The main area of specialization is sociology of gender. Secondary areas of interest include but are not limited to one or more of the following:  sociology of technology; law and surveillance; and aging and the life course. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the teaching of the department's required course in classical sociological theory. The teaching load is 5 courses per year and will involve teaching in the College's general education curriculum (Connections).

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants should possess, or be close to completing, a doctorate in Sociology. Appointment will be at the level of Assistant Professor or Instructor, depending on qualifications.

APPLICATION: Please submit the following materials electronically via Interfolio at  a formal letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, graduate transcript(s), teaching evaluations and/or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, writing sample and/or scholarly publication, and three reference letters. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Pursuant to cultivating an inclusive college community, the search committee will holistically assess the qualifications of each applicant. We will consider an individual's record working with student and colleagues with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. We will also consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to academic success. 

The person selected for this tenure-track position may also be considered for a supplemental appointment as Franklin & Marshall (Mellon) High Impact Emerging Scholar. These are scholars who possess outstanding promise for inspiring and supporting the educational development of underrepresented minority students in a higher educational setting. High Impact Emerging Scholars demonstrate similarly high promise for positively impacting the campus's organizational and academic culture to make it more inclusive of and responsive to underrepresented minority students. Selected finalists who meet these additional qualificaitons, in addition to those outlined in this ad, may be nominated by the department as F&M (Mellon) High Impact Emerging Scholar. If selected as M/HIES, the person will receive a two-year appointment (additional to the tenure-track appointment) that begins as soon as the person joins the campus on tenure-track. The M/HIES program supports the acceleration of one's research trajectory with a significantly reduced teaching load for two years, along with supportive mentoring to advance the scholar's research and professional development. Candidates interested in being considered for nomination should indicate their interest in their cover letter and highlight any previous work in this area.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, sexual orientation, or any protected characteristic. Individuals who need an accommodation due to a disability in order to submit an application or attend an employment interview should contact Human Resources at (717) 358-3995.

THE COLLEGE:  Franklin & Marshall College is a small (2,400 undergraduates), highly selective, residential liberal arts college. It is a dynamic and creative community with a campus population that includes students from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries. We are located in Lancaster, PA, a vibrant and diverse city not far from Philadelphia and Baltimore. The College is committed to havin an inclusive campus community, where all members are treated with dignity and respect.