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Our department ranked #6 nationwide! Read about it in USA Today and in The Brandeis Hoot!

Inside Higher Ed wrote an interesting article about how the social sciences produce leaders. Read all about it!

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Congratulations to Sociology Major Shoshana Goldberg for winning the J.V. Cunningham Award for Excellence in Writing Award!


Former Professor Morrie Schwartz and student Mitch Albom were featured in the Boston Globe! Read all about it here.

Welcome To Sociology

Brandeis’ renowned program in sociology provides a distinct combination of critical scholarly analysis, hands-on fieldwork experience, service learning, and leadership. Through active and collaborative learning, our students master advanced theory and research techniques and have opportunities to engage in the community and the world as active, self-reflective change agents.

While the department offers a range of methods, including historical, quantitative and comparative, we specialize in qualitative analysis. In addition to theory and methods, we focus on gender and feminist studies; institutions, culture and religion; sociology of health and illness; and politics and social change.

Our faculty members and graduates—including more than 200 Ph.D. recipients—have done innovative, often pathbreaking work in the discipline. Their scholarship has influenced the formation of significant movements and policies for democratic change. The department's founding traditions of European theorizing and "Chicago School" field studies have been continually enriched with feminist and other critical theoretical approaches, as well as through comparative institutional analyses in a globalizing world.