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  • 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 scholars.

    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 of Conflict.

  • Celebrating Maxwell's 90th

    90logoThe 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.

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    New journal article from Andrew London looks at elderly Blacks and health insurance

    New journal article from Andrew London looks at elderly Blacks and health insurance

    Sociology Professor Andrew London’s latest co-authored journal article “Falling Through the Cracks: Lack of Health Insurance Among Elderly Foreign- and Native-Born Blacks” has been published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.
    Purser wins award for new book about on-demand labor

    Purser wins award for new book about on-demand labor

    Gretchen Purser, assistant professor of sociology, has won the 2014 International Book Award from the California Series in Public Anthropology (University of California Press) for her manuscript Labor On Demand: Dispatching the Urban Poor.

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