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Department of Sociology

We're the oldest sociology department in the United States - we study social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

Why Sociology?

  • It opens plenty of career opportunities at the local, state, and federal levels
  • It has relevance across a variety of fields
  • You'll learn how to understand the world around you 
  • It prepares you for the pursuit of professional and graduate degrees 
  • It's a fascinating and multifaceted discipline

Why Sociology at KU?

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KU Sociology in the News

Red Hot Research returns for its 12th year

Red Hot Research returns for three sessions this fall, offering a fast-paced, presentation-style event from The Commons at the University of Kansas as a way of introducing colleagues to one another.

When Pop Stars Take Over the Classroom

Back-to-school season is upon us and students all over the country are returning to campus to study the works of world history’s most important figures. While for some people, these figures encompass traditional academic luminaries like Einstein and Shakespeare, for others, they include Taylor…

Taylor Swift is 'in a class of her own right now' as Eras tour gives way to Eras movie

When was the last time you waited 20 minutes to buy a movie ticket? If you're a Taylor Swift fan, that would be today, as the mad dash began to attend her newly announced Eras tour concert film. Let's be frank. It's time to call 2023 what it is: the year Taylor Swift took over the world.

KU chancellor announces promotion and tenure for 163 faculty and researchers

LAWRENCE — Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved the promotion and award of tenure, where indicated, for 64 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses and 99 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses.

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Undergraduate Program

There are different paths for students interested in Sociology. Discover which is right for you and explore our majors and minors.

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Graduate Program

Our graduate program allows you to learn alongside nationally recognized scholars and explore topics through faculty-student collaboration.

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2023 Sociology Newsletter

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