Collection Development Policy for Sociology
Objective: To support and complement the curriculum of the undergraduate programs in sociology at The Claremont Colleges and to support and complement both student and faculty research activities in the field of Sociology at The Claremont Colleges.
Subjects and collecting levels: Areas presently covered include: social groups, culture, social psychology, public opinion, social history & conditions, social problems & reform, family, marriage, sexual behavior & attitudes, sexuality, parenthood, child development, youth, men-women relationships, aging, gerontology (social aspects), death and dying, life style, societies, urban & community sociology, classes, race as a social group, social pathology, social & public welfare, criminology and research methods.
Reference materials, monographs and periodicals are collected at the instructional support level to support the undergraduate curriculum and provide background and context for courses offered in other disciplines. The collection is also expected to support faculty research requirements by responding to specific faculty demands for research materials.
Types of materials collected: The greatest part of the collection is printed materials and printed journals, although increasingly electronic journals and electronic indexes are selected, when available. Microform materials are not excluded but electronic access is preferred. Audiovisual material (primarily video cassettes) that support classroom instruction will be considered, as funds permit.
Languages: English language materials predominate, although materials in other languages may occasionally be acquired to fill a specific need.
Geographical emphasis: The United States is the area of primary interest although materials concerning other parts of the world can be included.
Chronological limits: Since social issues are examined in historical perspective, no time periods are excluded.
Additional remarks: The collections of several other fields, especially Black Studies, Chicano Studies, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, History and Psychology provide supporting materials for the Sociology program.