Sociology

Sociology studies how societies are organized, and the consequences of varying forms of organization on people's lives. It is scientific, based upon systematic analyses of evidence; it is non-obvious, in making discoveries that might not otherwise be noticed; and it is important, in identifying opportunities and strategies for change that can improve society.

Purdue's Department of Sociology: produces world-class scholarship, in the books and articles it publishes; offers two outstanding undergraduate majors, one in Sociology and another in Law and Society; and delivers an exceptionally strong graduate program leading to the Ph.D. At the graduate level, the Department's research and training programs are currently organized into six areas: Family and GenderHealth, Aging, and the Life CourseLaw and SocietySociology of ReligionSocial Inequality; and Social Movements and Political Sociology.

Kenneth Ferraro 
Distinguished Professor and Interim Head

Research Spotlight

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