If you’re passionate about social change, concerned about inequality, and looking for solutions, you’ll find your perfect fit as a sociology student at Rollins.

In an intimate department with a specialized focus on social justice, you’ll enhance your awareness and understanding of 21st-century social problems and gain insight about how social change happens through on-the-ground experiences. You’ll also grasp the relationship between personal experiences and larger social forces and see the connections between biography, history, and social structure.

As a sociology major, you’ll develop in-demand skills and experience that will prepare you to thrive in a range of fields, from law and medicine to business and the nonprofit sector.

Why Study Sociology at Rollins

  1. Make the World More Fair

    Our program focuses on social inequalities, especially related to race, class, and gender. Your cohesive experience will focus on understanding the creation and reproduction of these inequalities and the potential for social change.

  2. Build In-Demand Skills

    Through discussion-based classes and immersive field experiences, you’ll forge real-world skills—like how to understand and conduct research and present data—that will prepare you to succeed in myriad professional sectors.

  3. Personalized Attention

    Our faculty is comprised entirely of full-time experts committed to collaborating on research, career development, and community engagement initiatives to enrich your experience.

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Abigail Dean ’05

“Studying sociology at Rollins fundamentally altered my worldview. I am in a better position to understand the larger social and economic drivers of environmental harm and how those forces influence individual behavior. I also learned important critical-thinking and analysis skills, which were immensely valuable in law school and continue to benefit my legal practice every day.”

Abigail Dean ’05

Enforcement Attorney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Rollins Sociology Careers

Rollins sociology grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations. Learn more about careers for sociology majors.

  • Self portrait of Lisa Begley

    Lisa Begley ’05

    Project Manager, BetterHealth A Planned Parenthood Partnership

  • Self portrait of Devon Collins

    Devon Collins ’05

    Senior Vice President, Clinical Information Systems, Cohen Veterans Network

  • Self portrait of Kiristin Kendrick.

    Kiristin Kendrick ’15

    Retention Manager, Pearson

  • Self portrait of Amanda Stutman

    Amanda Crawford Stutman ’09

    Staff Attorney, Way Finders

  • Self portrait of Kathryn Powell Rachid

    Kathryn Powell Rachid ’11

    Global Concerns Officer, UWC South East Asia

  • Self portrait of Annabelle Kempster

    Annabelle Kempster ’12

    Senior Manager of Data Analytics, National Association of Corporate Directors

Real World Experience

  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Imagine Justice
  • Rollins Accessibility Services
  • Faith in Florida
  • Americorps
Professor and students in a class discussion at a Rollins outdoor classroom

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Real World Research From traveling to Selma, Alabama, to study the historical sites of the Civil Rights Movement to volunteering in child-care facilities to evaluate the social contradictions of paid care work, sociology students conduct real-word research alongside our expert faculty.

Meaningful Opportunities Our professors’ connections to social justice organizations throughout the region allow students to gain professional experience and effect positive change at the same time.

Student Activism Sociology students at Rollins are campus leaders. Our department hosts annual speaker’s forums and special film screenings to raise awareness about inequality issues, and students take on leadership roles in many progressive student organizations.

Students on an Immersion experience focused on voting rights in Selma, Alabama.

Dive Into Sociology at Rollins

The sociology program at Rollins consists of a rigorous curriculum designed to promote sociological literacy; to enhance your awareness and understanding of twenty-first century social problems, including the enduring presence of class, race and gender inequalities; and to cultivate the theoretical and methodological skills you will need to investigate the connections between biography, history, and social structure.

What You Will Learn

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Nichter Publishes Article on Civil Rights Movement

Sociology professor Matt Nichter recently published an article in Critical Historical Studies, a journal produced by the University of Chicago Press.

Sarah Skala, Socorro Torres Lopez, Capri Gutierrez, and Sarah Bennefield.

4 Rollins Students Earn Fulbright Scholarships

Four Tars have received the distinguished Fulbright Scholarship, including two teaching assignments and two awards to pursue graduate school and research opportunities.

Expert Faculty

Sociology majors are afforded considerable opportunity to interact personally with our expert faculty both inside and outside the classroom.

Department of Sociology

Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences
1000 Holt Ave. – 2761
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2670

Fax: 407.646.2325

  • Amy Armenia

    Amy Armenia, PhD

    Professor of Sociology

    Research interests: Intersection of family and work, and the challenges and contradictions faced by those who do paid care work

  • Stephanie Gonzalez Guittar

    Stephanie Gonzalez Guittar, PhD

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Research interests: Housing and food insecurity, intersectionality, reproduction, and the scholarship of teaching and learning

  • Amy McClure

    Amy McClure, PhD

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Research interests: Secularism and parenting; intersectionality of gender; sexualities, race, and class; qualitative methodologies; and the scholarship of teaching and learning

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  • Matthew Nichter

    Matthew Nichter, PhD

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Research interests: Social movements, especially the African-American civil rights movement and its relationship to labor unions and the socialist movement