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About the Program

Sociology is the study of the human individual and human groups. It offers a broad foundation for understanding human behavior and encourages the development of critical thinking. Sociologists often collect survey information and perform research for lawmakers, administrators, and educators, to provide advice on drug treatment programs, demographics, zoning changes, and aid to the poor.

The growing awareness of the value of sociological perspectives for problem-solving continues to provide an increasing range of opportunities for employment in a variety of work settings. With advanced training, graduates may perform research, teaching, consulting, and administrative work at universities, governmental agencies, and for corporations and research firms.

Both undergraduates and graduate students have the opportunity to work with internationally prominent teachers and researchers. Our programs are carefully designed to provide extensive opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning experiences both in classroom settings and through participation on faculty members' research projects.

A hallmark of our graduate training includes deep training in social theory and sociological research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), an overarching focus on issues of social change and inequality, sustained personal interaction between faculty and students, and substantive training in three specific specialty areas: Demography, Environment and Community, and States and Markets.