The Department of Sociology has always been a distinctive place to study the social world. Continuing a long-standing commitment to social justice and critical scholarship, our faculty conduct innovative research on a variety of topics that are of interest to sociologists, practitioners, and students alike. While we are broadly interested in inequality, our clusters of faculty expertise are:

While these six clusters identify our core areas of expertise, our department and faculty are inherently collaborative and cross-cutting in their interests. What ties us together are critical approaches to understanding our world and its social, political, and economic systems, particularly capitalism. We train students in research methods, data analysis, and diverse theoretical perspectives. Through active and collaborative learning, our students also gain skills to engage in the community and the world as active, self-reflective change agents.

"Examining racial inequality in public schools during a pandemic"

Sociologist Derron Wallace saw an opportunity to use his expertise to make a difference.

Read in BrandeisNOW

"Diversity’s Fault Lines" 

Sociologist Sarah Mayorga examines the coded ways white people engage with their Black and Latinx neighbors.

Read in Brandeis Magazine

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Undergraduate Program

In addition to mastering sociology theory and methods, you'll focus on one of four areas: gender and family; institutions, culture and religion; health and illness; and politics and social change.