“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.

Now accepting graduate applications for fall 2017!

Some of the features of the graduate program include:

~A research journal edited by graduate students, Social Thought and Research, and the graduate student organized and funded Blackmar Lecture Series, which brings junior sociology faculty from across the country to present their research at KU.

~A dual-title doctoral degree program with the Gerontology Center. This option is designed to appeal to students who are strong in both disciplines. Upon the successful completion of the Ph.D. requirements of both areas, the student is awarded a single degree with both titles identified on the diploma: Ph.D. in Sociology & Gerontology.

Some of the opportunities with faculty include:

~Foundation Distinguished Professors of Sociology Victor Agadjanian and Cecilia Menjívar inaugurated the new Center for Migration Research in Fall 2015. The Center for Migration Research promotes, coordinates, and facilitates innovative high-quality interdisciplinary research on how human migration both shapes and is shaped by the social landscapes in which it takes place at the local, regional, national, and global levels.

~Dr. William Staples serves as Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center. The mission of the Surveillance Studies Research Center (SSRC) is to facilitate scholarship and collaborative partnerships in the study of contemporary forms of surveillance, social monitoring, and data gathering.

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