The Discipline that Intersects All Others 

Class. 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 constituted the libera arts. Any question that has do with people has a sociological answer.

We offer:

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

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. 

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.

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