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Why Study Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior and the complexities of human social relationships. If you want to understand social behavior in the real world, sociology is where you find the answers. Regardless of your chosen career path, having a critical understanding of the social world can put you at the forefront of your career field.

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It is a top-notch program. I'd recommend this program to anybody who wants to improve the rigor of the work they do.

– Tracy Sims (2020 MA in Sociology graduate); Senior Director, U.S. Lead of Chronic Disease Environment Shaping at Eli Lilly and Company

Featured Alumni

  • Brie Scrivner

    Brie Scrivner

    Brie Scrivner (PhD 2021) (pronouns: they/them) is a Disability Analyst in the Office of Equity and Human Rights at the City of Portland, Oregon.

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  • Zachary McCann

    Zachary McCann

    Zachary McCann (PhD 2021) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

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    Christine Lindquist

    Christine Lindquist (PhD 1997) is a Research Sociologist at Research Triangle Institute (RTI), working at Research Triangle Park, NC.

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  • Kristi Stringer

    Kristi Stringer

    Kristi Stringer (PhD 2017)  is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University in the City of New York

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  • 11 faculty elevated to Distinguished, University professorships
    The UA System Board of Trustees awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor to Robert Brunner, Yogesh Dwivedi, Helen Krontiras, Cora Elizabeth Lewis, David M. Morris and Michele H. Nichols and the rank of University Professor to Marie Bakitas, Mirjam-Colette Kempf, Verna Keith, Michael Neiderweis and David Vance during its meeting in April 2024.