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  • Welcome to the Sociology Department. As part of the prestigious Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, we take an interdisciplinary approach to public sociology to understand, critique, and address structural and social inequalities. Known nationally for our expertise in qualitative methods, our award winning faculty also provide excellent training in quantitative research methods, theory, and a wide variety of sociological issues. Our faculty research, and our courses, include a range of areas such as health, aging, life course, globalization, immigration, transnational studies, family, education, work, power, capital, and culture. 

    Undergraduate training in sociology emphasizes broad understandings of how societies operate.  Students develop more in-depth understanding of particular institutions and practices, including health care, families, education, criminology, environment, labor, industry, and immigration.  They also develop expertise on particular social issues, including sex and gender, race, ethnicity, class, social policies, globalization, and power.  This knowledge provides a useful background for students pursuing a wide range of careers.  Our alumni hold positions in education, journalism, social services, marketing, business, government, strategic planning, criminology, personnel, health care, and law.  Those who pursue graduate training find they are well prepared.

    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.  Our PhD students hold positions at prestigious research universities, liberal arts colleges, NGOs, government offices, and corporations.

    The Sociology Department at Syracuse University offers core training in sociological issues, methods, theory, and practice.  Our department includes 18 current faculty, 7 affiliated faculty, and 10 emeriti faculty, many of whom have won national and international awards for their work and hold leadership positions in our national organizations.  Our sociology faculty are affiliated with numerous Syracuse University Programs and Centers including: the Aging Studies Institute; the Asian/Asian American Studies Program; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies; Women and Gender Studies; Disability Studies; African American Studies; Native American Studies; Cultural Foundations of Education; the Humanities Center; the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media, the Center for Policy Research; the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflict; the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs. The department provides opportunities for joint degrees or collaborative study with such centers as well.

  • In Memoriam

  • Remembering William ‘Bill’ Pooler, professor emeritus of sociologyRemembering William ‘Bill’ Pooler, professor emeritus of sociology

    Bill Pooler joined the Syracuse University faculty in 1965 and taught continuously in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences until his retirement in 2010. Pooler died on Aug. 3. He was 85.

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    Monnat article on despair and the 2016 election published in JRS

    Monnat article on despair and the 2016 election published in JRS

    "More than a rural revolt: Landscapes of despair and the 2016 Presidential election," co-authored by Shannon Monnat, was published in the Journal of Rural Studies. The article explores how adverse economic, health, and social conditions in some rural towns and small cities are an important key to understanding the 2016 election results.
    Purser, Ortiz Valdez release report on treatment of dairy farmworkers

    Purser, Ortiz Valdez release report on treatment of dairy farmworkers

    Gretchen Purser and Fabiola Ortiz Valdez, a PhD candidate in anthropology, co-authored a report, "Milked: Dairy Farmworkers in New York." The report looks at the treatment and working conditions of immigrant laborers who work in milking parlors and barns in New York State.