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About Us

The University at Buffalo’s Department of Sociology is a vibrant and stimulating intellectual home for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty alike.

For undergraduates, we offer a wide range of fascinating courses to enhance critical thinking and understanding of our rapidly changing social world.

Are you a major interested in the social aspects of health, law, or globalization?  We offer four undergraduate specializations: Health & Society, Crime, Law & Justice; Applied Social Science Research; and Global Sociology—ideal training 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 year-round.

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 and urban sociology. A new BA/MA program in Applied Social Research is geared towards providing research skills for students who seek research-based careers in the private or public sectors. 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.

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 assistant professors (focusing on health-related research) since 2013, and plans to continue to grow.