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About Our Program

The Ph.D. Program in Sociology develops sociologists of broad theoretical background who are trained in a mixture of research methods, from survey research to ethnographic, historical and comparative approaches. We currently have 150 sociology students in our doctoral program, and about 50 participating doctoral faculty.

Students pursue studies in many areas of sociology, but given our location, we are strong in urban sociology, studies of race, ethnicity, and immigration, research on urban institutions, including schools, and on neighborhoods and urban spaces. The department also has a strong emphasis on social theory and many faculty working in the sociology of culture and gender. In addition we have faculty members who study criminology, education, religion, health, globalization and development, social movements, law and the sociology of the body.