UM-Flint Sociology

Studying sociology at the University of Michigan-Flint means asking questions about society that may appear straightforward, but, in fact, rely upon complex cultural knowledge rooted in our social institutions.

Have you ever wondered why we dress boys in blue and girls in pink? Why razors, deodorant, and even earplugs are gendered? Why we see more men than women in leadership positions? Why women can have a closet full of clothes and still feel like they have nothing to wear? Why we assume that there are only two sexes and two genders? Taking Gender and Society with Dr. Heather Laube, will give you the opportunity to explore how gender is socially constructed, not biologically given, and how our ideas about gender structure our desires, relationships, and social institutions, which then shape our opportunities, expectations, and experiences.

Can discrimination really be done “with a smile and a handshake”? If you participate in a Service Learning Project in the Race and Ethnic Relations course taught by Dr. Charles Thomas, you will be trained as a discrimination tester by Legal Services of Eastern Michigan (the Fair Housing Center of Eastern Michigan), will conduct discrimination testing, and will learn the surprising answer to these questions!

Can cities talk, and what would they tell us if they could? Take Urban Sociology with Dr. Jacob Lederman and you will explore how cities reflect social power, processes of economic transformation, and the ongoing effects of segregation. Learn how to map social and demographic change using mapping software tied to over 200 years of census data.

Is it true, as they say, that you can lie with statistics? Taking a Research Methods or Statistics course with Dr. Sasha Drummond-Lewis might not allow you to pass a polygraph, but you will learn how to tell a story with data, and how the same data might be used to tell any number of other stories.

With a blend of practical skills and theoretical knowledge, the sociology major will inspire you to come up with your own questions and find the answers in the complex workings of the social world.