COVID-19 Update

Rutgers University has moved teaching online for the remainder of the semester. For all those enrolled in classes, all instructors should have provided you with information on how to best contact them during this period. If you have more general departmental inquiries, please contact one of us using the email addresses below. Take care, all.

Department Chair: Julie Phillips, Email: soc-chair@sociology.rutgers.edu
Graduate Director: Steven Brechin, Email: gpd@sociology.rutgers.edu
Undergraduate Director: Sharon Bzostek, Email: ug-dir@sociology.rutgers.edu
Senior Department Administrator: Lisa Iorillo, Email: liorillo@sociology.rutgers.edu
Graduate Program Coordinator: Marie Ferguson, Email: meferguson@sociology.rutgers.edu
Undergraduate Administrative Assistant: Carissa Nadonley, Email: undergrad-soc@sociology.rutgers.edu

Welcome to the Sociology Department

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Sociologists study groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within those contexts, moving beyond the individual to consider how larger social structures of power, economics and culture shape individual opportunities, attitudes, and behavior. This lens is critical for understanding our increasingly diverse and complex society and its challenges, such as social and economic inequality, mass incarceration, and discrimination. 

Our faculty conducts sociological research that reflects the full substantive range of the discipline and uses a wide variety of methodologies that include the latest statistical modeling techniques, innovative network-analytic approaches, cutting-edge ethnographic research, in-depth comparative historical inquiry and sophisticated survey analysis. Our undergraduate program provides students with strong analytical and communication skills, preparing them for a wide array of career options in health and social services, education, not-for-profits, marketing and consumer research, policy analysis and more. Our graduate program trains students to conduct original, theoretically informed sociological research that advances disciplinary knowledge and increases public understanding of pressing social issues.

We invite you to explore what we have to offer.

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