Welcome to the Sociology Department at Syracuse University. We take
an interdisciplinary approach to public sociology in order to
understand, critique, and address structural and social inequalities.
Known nationally for our expertise in qualitative methods, we also
provide excellent training in quantitative research methods. The
cross-cutting interests of faculty and students advance research and
teaching across a range of areas including: health, aging, life course; globalization, immigration, and transnational studies; family, education and work; and power, capital, culture. Faculty are affiliated with several
Syracuse University Programs and Centers including: Women's Studies;
Disability Studies; African American Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender (LGBT) Studies; Native American Studies; Cultural
Foundations of Education; the Humanities Center; the Center for Policy
Research; the Gerontology Center; the Program on the Analysis and
Resolution of Conflict; and the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs.
Undergraduates majoring in Sociology may expect to gain broad understanding of how societies (and American society in particular) operate, and more in-depth understanding of particular institutions, including health care, families, labor and industry, and popular culture, as well as particular social issues, including environment, sex and gender, racism, criminology and globalization. This knowledge provides a useful background for students pursuing a wide range of careers including social services, marketing and retail, personnel, education, and law.
Graduate training is organized around four major areas: (1) Globalization, Immigration, Transnational Studies; (2) Health, Aging, Life Course; (3) Family, Education, Work; and (4) Power, Capital, Culture. Our aim is to prepare students for all aspects of their
career: research, teaching, publishing, grants, and mentoring. We begin
with professional development seminar that assures that all students
have the opportunities they need to become fully prepared future
The Sociology Department at Syracuse University offers core training
in sociological issues, theory and practice. The department also
provides opportunities for joint degrees or collaborative study with
numerous multi-disciplinary research centers at the prestigious Maxwell
School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. These include the Center for
Policy Research, the Global Affairs Institute, the Alan K. Campbell
Public Affairs Institute, and the Program in the Analysis and Resolution
The Maxwell School, which opened officially in October of 1924, is turning 90 this fall. To mark this anniversary, we’ve planned a series of on-campus events throughout the upcoming semester.
Fall Schedule 2015
Former SU basketball player Derrick Coleman receives sociology degree
Kriesberg publishes new book: Realizing Peace