“Sociology… because we investigate the institutions and social processes that shape human behavior, histories, and opportunities.”

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Since all human behavior is social, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and the application of knowledge.

Join the Sociology Doctoral Program Fall 2016!

The KU Sociology Department holds to an apprenticeship philosophy of graduate education in which the faculty and students engage in a joint enterprise of education. The department is noted for the intense exchange of ideas among its graduate students and faculty members. Recent co-authored publications between graduate students & faculty include:

Visit our Graduate Admissions page for information on the application process! Applications accepted through Dec. 15, 2015! 

The KU Sociology Doctoral Program features:
  • Graduate student run research journal Social Thought and Research
  • Graduate student organized & funded Blackmar Lecture Series! Named in honor of Frank Blackmar, the series invites junior faculty from across the country to present a public lecture on their current research! Previous Blackmar Lecturers include Dr. Robert Jensen, Dr. Colin Jerolmack, Dr. Bart Bonikowski, and Dr. Rebekah Burroway!
  • Opportunities to serve on the highly active Sociology Graduate Student Association and present your own research at a department Research Colloquium!

Visit the Graduate Academics page for more information on the doctoral program and faculty specialties!


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