Welcome to UB’s Department of Sociology

The University at Buffalo’s Department of Sociology is a vibrant and stimulating intellectual home for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty alike.  Our Department is a great place to work and study, and we would love to tell you more about it. Read a little bit about the Department on this page, and contact faculty or staff directly if you have questions about any of our programs.


Debi Street, Professor and Chair


For undergraduates, we offer a wide range of fascinating courses to enhance critical thinking and understanding of social problems. See links at left to learn about current offerings.

  • Are you a major interested in the social aspects of health, law, or globalization?  We offer three undergraduate specializations: Health & Society; Crime, Law, & Justice; and Global Sociology—ideal for students planning careers in health-related, legal, or internationally-oriented professions.
  • Looking for opportunities to learn abroad?  The Department offers popular study-abroad programs (not just for majors!)—in London every winter and spring, and in Singapore winter and year-round. More details can be found on our Undergraduate web page.


For graduate students, the Department offers well-rounded advanced training in sociological theory, research methods (qualitative and quantitative), and substantive areas including family and the life course, law and social policy, social inequalities, urban sociology, and work and organizations.  Whether pursuing a Master’s degree or a PhD, graduate students learn to become independent researchers.  Many have opportunities to develop teaching skills through teaching assistantships and lectureships.  Students are mentored closely by faculty, benefit from regular proseminars and visiting speakers, and have many opportunities for mutual support and socializing. More details can be found on our Graduate web page.


For faculty and visiting scholars, we offer a supportive and collegial work environment, Revisions in Progress workshops and the popular department Sociology Colloquium series.  The Department has hired four new assistant professors (focusing on health-related research) since 2013, and we plan to continue to grow.