Thank you for visiting the Department of Sociology! Every year, our department strives to continue its legacy of excellence in the field of Sociology through outstanding scholarly research, teaching, and public engagement. Our faculty are internationally and nationally prominent; we have a history of leadership in professional organizations. Our faculty and graduate students are engaged in exciting, socially meaningful research; many of them have been featured in the media this year.
Our department offers several degree-granting programs, including the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. degrees (sequential M.A./Ph.D.). We currently have over 300 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students. We offer training in a wide range of substantive areas, methodological approaches, and theoretical orientations. Areas of particular strength include culture, education, gender and sexuality, human rights, political sociology and social movements, racism and ethnic relations, stratification, and urban and community studies. Other areas of faculty and graduate student interest include work and labor markets, social demography, globalization and immigration, and sociology of religion.
Our faculty are respected scholars in the discipline. Numerous faculty publish regularly in university presses and top sociology outlets, are editors or serve on editorial boards of major journals, and often receive awards and have held major offices in a variety of professional societies including the American Sociological Association, Population Association of America,Sociologists for Women in Society, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.We are committed to both undergraduate and graduate teaching, and several professors and instructors have won college or university teaching awards.