Teaching and Research Experience
We are currently compiling databases of students who would like to be considered for available Course Assistantships in a range of departmental class offerings and Research Assistantships on faculty-led projects. These positions are compensated through course credit and/or an hourly wage.
Washington University’s Sociology Department has reactivated its membership – first established in 1933 – as Missouri’s Beta chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. Founded in 1920 to “acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition,” AKD provides a great outlet to recognize and further the accomplishments of our Sociology majors, and serves as a hub for students to propose and organize a range of department-sponsored activities. We look forward to working with our AKD members to build a strong, engaged, and collaborative community around the Department of Sociology! Keep an eye out for more details on how to join.
Over time, the Sociology department will develop a list of specific programs that we recommend for students with particular interests in the discipline. More generally, however, we would advise you to select an abroad program primarily based on broader considerations, such as program location and format. Regarding the latter, you may find School for International Training (SIT)-sponsored programs to be especially strong options if you value immersion in local communities and experiential research opportunities above a more conventional campus-based experience. You can find a range of university study abroad resources through the Overseas Programs office.
In general, we are willing to consider a wide range of study abroad program and course options for major and minor credit. For a more definite sense of possibilities along these lines, we recommend that - after you meet with the Overseas Programs office representatives - you schedule a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Steve Fazzari (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss whether particular programs and courses meet baseline requirements for major/minor credit. While obtaining departmental approval for your Study Plan is a required step in the University’s study abroad application process, we recommend that you initiate conversations along these lines with your advisor much earlier, as you consider different location and program options.
Fortunately, we understand that we are in difficult times due to COVID-19 Pandemic so travel is not exactly ideal at this time. Needless to say, we have been working hard to ensure you still have some of the same opportunities that you would in “normal times.” We are excited to announce new virtual international program opportunities! The current portfolio includes virtual international internships and research opportunities in addition to programs of study and there is now a “Virtual Summer Programs” tile on the Global Opportunities website. You can now work with your advisor to get started and signed up for the best virtual summer experience for you.
We work closely with several on- and off-campus partners to coordinate student internships all year round. If you are interested in an internship experience, please contact our Academic Coordinator.