We are committed to the power of the sociological imagination, and to discovering new solutions to complex social issues in society. We promote ways of imagining and re-imagining the common good and encourage the use of knowledge and skills to realize a more just society. We offer students opportunities to learn and apply these skills through research and experiential learning activities in D.C. and beyond.
Ever Wonder What Studying Sociology Can Lead You To?
Amanda S. C. Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, majored in Sociology at Harvard. On January 20, 2021, at age 22, she shared her poetry at President Biden’s Inaugural Ceremony. She has written for the New York Times and other venues, and she is the author of books of poetry and has a forthcoming children’s book. Alondra Nelson, Professor of Sociology and President of the Social Science Research Council, was appointed by President Biden to the position of Deputy Director for Science and Society in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. This is a new position designed to bring social science expertise into science and technology strategy and policy.
Our undergraduate programs have been thoughtfully created to support our students’ capacity to understand and interact with a broad variety of perspectives held by individuals from various backgrounds. Our curriculum explores the intricate structure of human society while addressing pressing concerns that affect both local and global communities. We promote ways of imagining and re-imagining the common good and encourage the use of knowledge and skills to realize a more just society. Students will gain a deep understanding of social and human behavior as they work through our curriculum, investigating the far-reaching effects of their choices.
The Department of Sociology’s faculty are actively involved in their scholarly work with publications and creative activity. The publications listed were chosen as outstanding examples of our faculty’s work. Notably, our faculty members demonstrate both remarkable productivity and a strong spirit of collaboration — as evidenced by the numerous works involving multiple authors, including colleagues within the department, from various departments on campus, and from other institutions.