High School Dropout Rates: A Social Issue

By Whitney Gallup One of the greater issues facing the youth of the country is the high school dropout rate. Every year we experience over a million students who drop out due to various circumstances. While the high school percentages in the U.S. are lower than they were forty years ago, there is still a…

The Sociological Aspects of Eating Disorders

By Samantha Lentz When you hear the words “eating disorder” what does that bring to mind? A friend? A family member? Maybe yourself? The horrible truth is that most people can think of at least one person in their lives that those words have been a reality for. It is a severely touchy subject, especially…

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, What is the MARTI Conference About After All?

by Sara Starke I attended a conference put on by the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute (MARTI). This MARTI Conference was titled “Promoting Recovery and Wellness; For Individuals, Families, and Communities.” I learned about the roots of the opioid epidemic, drug and alcohol addiction causes, recovery options for addicts and families, suicide prevention, treatments for…

From the Roman grain dole to Food stamps

By Victor Smith Historically food supplies have created a source of Social challenges across societies. One of the first social reforms to deal with food, I would argue, comes from the Roman Empire. The Cura Annonae was established by the Gracchi brothers, Tiberius and later Gaius, in 134 BC to sell grain collected by the…

A Sociological Look inside a Film Reel

By Ryan Redilla In Dr. Vaccaro’s Honors Core course, the students learned about art worlds. An art world contains many different characteristics and is very subjective. The class turned to sociologist Howard Becker to help figure out what an art world truly is. The class defined an art world as a realm that consists of…

Cultural Appropriation and Sociology

By Tierra Williams Starting in the 1950s, the biggest social movement of the 20th century began. This movement is known as the civil rights movement. African American people, as well as whites, banded together in order to fight for the equal rights of African American men and women. This movement proved to be very successful as…

Wrongful Convictions: How do they Impact Society?

By Erin Barrett Innocent or Guilty? As a society, we so often rely on the sentencing of our “criminals” in the court of law. We as citizens, put our faith in the science of the system to keep our societies safe. It has become such a norm that we trust the system, and believe someone…

The Sociological Art World of Korean Pop Music (KPop)

By Danielle Rosenberger This paper was for the Robert Cook Honor’s College Core Unit C, which was taught be Dr. Vaccaro.  It is a class where the main focus was on the critical thinking question “how do we define Art?” through the lens of  Sociology.  The class explored different genres of art and attempted to to…

The Sociology Behind YouTube as an Art World

By Megan Palmer The Robert E. Cook Honors College at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a community of scholars who debate philosophical questions. Each semester is divided into two units, each focusing on a different core question. For Unit C, the third unit, I was given the opportunity to answer, “How do we understand…

Sociology and The Art World of Photography

By Elizabeth Ambrose This semester I had the opportunity to study with Dr. Christian Vaccaro, a passionate associate professor for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Sociology program, in my Honors College Core class for Unit C. In his class, we focused on the sociology of different art worlds such as music, fashion, street art, and…

The Sociological Art World of Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show

By Ekaterina Minchenkova Hello, my name is Ekaterina Minchenkova, I am an Honors College student, and one of my units there was Sociology. Basically, in that unit we were talking about art and our main question was “How do we understand art?”. From sociological perspective we defined art as a complex structure of art collaborators-people…