Spring 2024

Social Research

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-316


Leah C. Schmalzbauer (Section 01)


This course introduces students to the range of methods that sociologists use to understand humans as social beings. It explores the strengths and weaknesses of these methods. Students will design and execute an original research project. The course emphasizes the general logic of social inquiry and research design rather than narrowly defined techniques and statistical proofs. Required of sociology majors.

Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Schmalzbauer..

How to handle overenrollment: Amherst College sociology majors have preference

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, reading, and independent research.

SOCI 316 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MORG 110
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MORG 110

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Making Sense of the Social World Sage Publications Chambliss and Schutt Purchase at Amazon.com Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025