The graduate program in sociology is intended to prepare students to become researchers, scholars and teachers. The program offers students a well-balanced curriculum comprising theory and methods to enable them conduct sociological research at the forefront of the field. Students also have opportunities to develop teaching skills.
In addition to the core curriculum, graduate students can select substantive course offerings in the six specialization areas: Family and Gender; Health, Aging, and the Life Course; Law and Society; Sociology of Religion; Social Inequality; and Social Movements and Political Sociology.
As of fall 2012, there are about fifty graduate students at various stages in the program.
A small student-faculty ratio facilitates the working of graduate students closely with faculty members in their research, teaching, and publication activities. The department sponsors travel to professional meetings and a colloquium series featuring outstanding sociologists. The Graduate Committee organizes informal professional seminars and meetings to assist students in developing their plans for conducting research and teaching. The department maintains up-to-date computer hardware and software to assist the research process.
Faculty members in Sociology maintain ties with a number of interdisciplinary programs and centers, including:
- African American Studies and Research
- American Studies
- Asian American Studies
- Asian Studies
- Center for Families
- Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion
- Center on Aging and the Life Course
- Center on Religion and Chinese Society
- Jewish Studies
- Religious Studies
- Women's Studies
Graduate students have a representative student body called the Sociology Graduate Organization.
2013 Graduate Cohort
Back row, left to right: Andrew Raridon, Jacqueline Henke, Yun Lu, Jared Wright