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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

Heeyoun Shin selected as a recipient of the FY25 Research Excellence Initiative Award

Congratulations to KU Sociology graduate student Heeyoun Shin!  Heeyoun has been selected as a recipient of the FY25 Research Excellence Initiative (REI) award from the College Dean's Office.  She will use this fund to facilitate her dissertation research.

Qixin Pan receives CLAS Outstanding Thesis Award

KU Sociology graduate student Qixin Pan has been selected as a winner of the 2024 CLAS Outstanding Thesis Award. Congratulations, Qixin!

Mehrangiz Najafizadeh Receives 2023 Woodyard Award

Mehrangiz Najafizadeh, associate professor of sociology at the University of Kansas, is the recipient of the 2023 George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award. She will give a talk on her work in international education during an award presentation and reception at 4 p.m.

Yurong Zhang receives Office of Graduate Studies Summer Research Scholarship

KU Sociology graduate student Yurong Zhang has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Office of Graduate Studies Summer Research Scholarship. Congratulations, Yurong!

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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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