To provide a broad background in general sociology and to create the capacity for the development of rigorous research, teaching, and/or applied skills in at least one area of specialization. Although faculty interests cover a wide range of sub-areas within sociology, the areas of specialization offered at the doctoral level include:
These four programmatic areas of specialization are also available at the master's level; an additional area of concentration is offered for MA students in applied demography. Finally, quantitative methods is offered as a minor area of concentration at the PhD level.
The department houses two research centers:
for Family and Demographic Research
- The CFDR is dedicated to examining the health and development of children, youth, and families. The Center brings researchers together from several disciplines and hosts seminars with invited speakers. It also provides easy access to relevant materials for faculty and student research by storing and disseminating census and other secondary data as well as assisting and training students and faculty in the use of various data sets and analytical techniques.
National Center for Family
& Marriage Research
- The NCFMR supports research on key questions about the effects of family structure and processes on the health and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities as well as the influence of programs and policies on marriage. The NCFMR builds research capacity with improved data and methods and brings together multidisciplinary networks of scholars. Under its training mission, the NCFMR mentors and trains students and junior professionals to ensure continued advancement in research on family structure. Its dissemination mission is to translate research to broad communities, including researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.