Sociology is the study of patterns of social relations and how those patterns shape what people do and think. From community and conflict, family and inequality, social change and religion, crime and conformity, class and race, gender and work, few fields offer students such breadth in the study of the social world we all inhabit.

For undergraduates we offer an exciting array of classes, where students can study everything from human sexuality to the sociology of culture, from issues related to aging to pressing questions of inequality and poverty. Students have great opportunities to work closely with our faculty and teaching staff; our wide range of courses offers undergraduates both breadth and depth in their study of sociology.

For graduate students we offer an excellent Master’s and PhD programs. Our MA program has long provided outstanding training as preparation for PhD programs or for work in non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies. Our PhD program offers advanced training, in general sociological theory and cutting edge methodologies for the analysis of social data, with particular emphasis on expertise in the analysis of social inequalities and social institutions.

Sociology Courses

NameRankDegreeSchoolGraduate FacultyEmeritus Faculty
Anne Bonds Sociology Faculty Affiliate & Associate Professor, Geography PhD University of Washington Yes No
Marcus Britton Associate Professor PhD Northwestern University Yes No
Esther Chan Assistant Professor PhD Yale University Yes No
Noelle Chesley Associate Professor & Department Chair PhD Cornell University Yes No
Cary Gabriel Costello Associate Professor PhD University of California-Berkeley Yes No
Stanislav D. Dobrev Sociology Faculty Affiliate & Robert L. and Sally S. Manegold Chair in Strategic Management PhD Stanford University Yes No
Gordon Gauchat Associate Professor PhD University of Connecticut Yes No
Jennifer A. Jordan Professor PhD University of California-San Diego Yes No
Rebecca Headley Konkel Sociology Faculty Affiliate & Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Criminology PhD Georgia State University Yes No
Timothy O'Brien Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies PhD Indiana University Yes No
Kent Redding Associate Professor PhD University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Yes No
Aki Roberts Associate Professor PhD University of New Mexico Yes No
John M. Roberts Jr. Professor & Director of Graduate Studies PhD Cornell University Yes No
William Velez Professor PhD Yale University No Yes