The Rutgers Sociology department is United for Justice. The tragic and senseless murder of George Floyd, preceded by Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others before, has once again exposed the systemic racism and ongoing legacies of state violence disproportionately plaguing the Black community and people of color in this country and elsewhere. We recognize the pain that recent events -- the disproportionate share of COVID-related deaths among communities of color and the senseless murders of African-Americans -- inflict on many of our own colleagues. We stand in solidarity as a department and commit to the hard work required to effect meaningful and long-lasting change. We are dedicated to building a more just, equitable and sustainable department and society.
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.
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