Sociology Club raises student
awareness with social science
By Catherine Harper
The Sociology Club at Texas State University prides itself on being a “different kind of club,” according to former president Chris Jordan. Centered around all facets of sociology, the study of societies, the Sociology Club provides its members with a broader insight into their daily lives and the world in which they live.
The Sociology Club is an active student-run organization in the College of Liberal Arts that is open to all students with an interest in sociology. With guidance by student officers and faculty advisor Bob Price, a professor of sociology at Texas State, the Sociology Club provides students with opportunities to learn and gain experience through sociology on campus.
According to Jordan, the Sociology Club’s members are what make up its uniqueness as an organization on campus. The members, both sociology majors and otherwise, contribute ideas for the organization addressing multiple facets of sociology, from functionalism to contemporary social theory, while officers and Dr. Price drive the activities and meetings of the organization.
In the past year, the Sociology Club broadened its activities and events to include other organizations on campus and in the community. In the spring 2011 semester, the Sociology Club and Lambda of Texas State brought students together for a showing of the Oscar-nominated film “Milk,” which provided members with a new perspective into the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
The Sociology Club also holds year-round events that encourage student involvement and member contributions, including the annual student-faculty Kickball Game. The club participates in campus events like Bobcat Build and the annual Boxcar Fashion Show — which focused on raising awareness of testicular cancer in 2011 — and also at events nearby, such as the annual Austin Reggae Festival.
For Jordan, the benefits of joining the Sociology Club are not simply boosting one’s résumé credentials, but also sharing the passion of learning about issues in societies as well as gaining the opportunity to make lasting friendships.
“It is not just about the Sociology Club; for some it is about sociology as a whole and what it can teach us about ourselves,” Jordan says. “The Sociology Club is a strong believer in the idea that sociology can teach everyone something that will, if not enlighten them, cause them to think at considerable lengths about beliefs they held so assuredly before.
“The benefits of joining are countless if we strictly look at it from an academic perspective…Knowledge can’t be taken away — as far as we know,” Jordan adds. “However, other benefits of being involved in the club include friendships with students with diverse opinions.”
For Jordan, the biggest element of being involved in the Sociology Club is the challenge that it provides for members.
“I believe students should be involved in the Sociology Club if they are ready for the challenge,” Jordan says. “The challenge being that of uncertainty, the challenge of change, the challenge of being the minority, and the challenge of realizing that the world will look, feel and be thought of differently once they have allowed themselves to be exposed to a small dose of what sociology has to offer. It was that way for me.”