A 2016 Fall Message from Andrew Papchristos, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dear Students:

Welcome back!  As we all scramble to prepare for the start of the academic year, I want to take a brief moment to highlight some of the exciting happenings in our department. 
 
First and foremost, a big congratulations to our seniors who graduated in 2016. They have moved on to amazing new jobs and opportunities. Some of our majors went on to law school, medical school, or graduate school, while others have taken positions in government agencies, think tanks,  research firms, and the private sector. Some have gone on to Teach for America and other programs, and others still have gone into technology. Congrats to all!
 
Second, the Sociology Major is growing rapidly!  This year we have more than 30 seniors—more than DOUBLE our numbers from past several year! Our seniors are interested in a wide range of sociological topics covering gender and sexuality, social networks, health, urban education, race and ethnicity, and more. I am looking forward to working with our seniors throughout the year on their amazing thesis research projects in SOCY 493 and Professor Phil Smith will be working with non-intensive majors in SOCY 491. 
 
Third, all majors should keep their eyes open for events and news form the Undergraduate Sociological Society (UgSS). This great group is now in its third year and growing fast.  The best way to keep track of UgSS is to follow us on Twitter @YaleUgSS
 
Fourth, do keep in mind that Yale will be moving from Classes*V2 to a new platform, Canvas within the next year. This year is a “transition” year, so faculty are likely to use both systems.  We all have to learn the ropes of Canvas, so do bear with us as we figure this all out. 
 
Fifth, please welcome our newest Faculty Member, Joscha Legewie, who joined us in July.  Professor Legewie research focuses on several aspects of urban education, policing, crime, and inequality and much of his work involves the use of “Big Data.”  For those of interest, you should check out his course “Sociology in the Era of Big Data.”
 
Our strength as an undergraduate program comes from our amazing students and faculty. Our strength also comes from your leadership and your feedback. As we awake to the possibilities unleashed when we think sociologically, let’s harness those energies together!
 
- Professor Papachristos