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The study of sociology at Vassar begins with an introduction to the classical thinkers in sociology in the context of contemporary materials. Students then go on to study a broad range of sociological issues through courses in criminology, media, medicine, science, race, gender, urbanism, research, and theory. Most students pursuing a major in sociology integrate field work into their programs of study and participate in a variety of projects in the local community and New York City, including work in prisons, homeless shelters, social service agencies, advertising agencies, and urban planning departments. A senior thesis is required.