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Colby-Sawyer College Introduces New Academic Programs

NEW LONDON, N.H., Sept. 9, 2010 – Colby-Sawyer College introduces new academic programs this fall, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Sociology and minors in Chemistry and International Studies.

“Over the past several years, faculty members have worked together within and across academic departments to offer new majors and minors to enrich students' experiences,” says Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty Deborah Taylor. “The most recent additions to the curriculum reflect the diverse goals of that effort. The new majors in Sociology and Philosophy address longstanding faculty and student interests in those fields. The Chemistry minor supports student interest in preparing for graduate work in a variety of fields, including exercise science, biochemistry, medical or veterinary school and physical therapy. The inter-disciplinary International Studies minor will better prepare students – no matter what their major or intended profession – for the demands of an ever more closely interwoven world community.”

The Philosophy major, which joins an existing minor in the discipline, provides in-depth learning about the aims, methods and texts of philosophy. This major will prepare graduates for careers in nearly any industry, including law, business, journalism, computer science, public administration, healthcare, education, communication and public relations. Philosophy is also an excellent preparation for graduate study in many fields.

The Sociology major focuses on why people and groups interact in the ways they do. Sociology, the science of studying human social behavior, is not so much a topic as a perspective, and its students can focus on a variety of individual and group behaviors, cultures and movements.

Sociology majors experience broad exposure to the discipline of sociology through required courses addressing social theory, research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), data analysis, and a variety of substantive topics. Classes include both macrosociological and microsociological approaches and important components of the program include the study of cultural diversity, the influences of culture and social structure, and the pervasiveness and causes of social inequality.

Sociology students have the option of enrolling in the Washington Internship Institute to complete their required internship and the major also includes opportunities for service learning.

Learn more about Colby-Sawyer's academic programs here.

-Kate Dunlop Seamans