Department of Sociology

Graduate Programs

Carmen Sirianni teaching at a blackboard

Professor Carmen Sirianni

The department offers three graduate degree programs:

Theory and Methods

In addition to our three main topical areas, the department also provides students with a thorough training in theory and methodology. The department's long tradition of cutting edge theory and qualitative research has been deepened and renovated over the years since Everett Hughes, Kurt Wolff, Lewis Coser and Egon Bittner gave them their distinctive stamp.

Our theory curriculum covers classical, contemporary, and critical social theory. Methodological training includes field methods and ethnography, as well as comparative, historical and quantitative research.

Many faculty and students also combine their research with an active engagement in social movements, community and institutional renewal, and efforts at building peace, civil rights, environmental sustainability and social justice.