The Department of Sociology consists of 16 full-time faculty, 350 undergraduate majors, and over 40 graduate students. Founded in 1922, the department has a long tradition of inspiring students to apply sociology to the world around them.
Sociology is the study of groups, social interaction, and social institutions. To study these, the department has developed a core curriculum centered on sociological methods (how we know) and sociological theory (how we explain). Beyond these core courses, faculty areas of interest are wide-ranging, which is reflected in the variety of courses and undergraduate concentrations we offer.
Our location in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago gives students access to a remarkable range of community service opportunities, field experiences, and internships. With its ethnic communities, economic development, and urban concerns, Chicago serves as a rich laboratory for research and observation.