Our Graduate Program Focuses On Social Change
Our faculty members carry out theoretical, applied and policy research nationally and internationally on the causes and consequences of social change on individuals, communities and nations of the world. Our program has four overlapping areas of strength: Environment and Natural Resources; Food, Agriculture, and Development; Crime, Law and Deviance; and Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Governance. Most of our faculty do research, outreach and engagement in two or more of these areas, a unique strength of our program that prepares our graduates to make rigorous but flexible contributions as professional sociologists.
Students are thoroughly prepared for careers in academia as well as public and private sectors.
“Nationally-ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the Nation’s Best 100 Sociology graduate programs in 2017”.
Select your areas of interest, then choose complementing courses and projects. Core theory and research methods bind our four areas of strength together.
We Offer Our Graduate Students
Professional Skills For Competitive Academic, Public And Private Sector Job Markets:
- A professional, supportive environment with open-door access to world-renowned faculty at a Tier 1 land grant research institution.
- Faculty-student collaboration on theoretical, applied and policy research at local, national and international levels.
- The development of research and data analytic skills necessary to explore complex issues from multiple angles and opportunities to hone these skills by working closely with talented and committed faculty members.
- An interdisciplinary community of faculty and graduate students across the university with whom to exchange ideas and learn.
- Financial support, available on a competitive basis, as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) on faculty research projects.
- A beautiful and sustainability-minded environment in which to live and work.
- Rigorous, scholarly yet practical training.
- Expertise in specialized areas including environment and natural resources, food, agriculture and development, criminology and deviance, community, environmental governance, fair trade, and race-ethnicity and gender.
- High competence in social theory, research methodology and quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
- Ability to collaborate creatively and effectively within Sociology and interdisciplinary complex social and environmental problems.