The Department of Sociology offers the master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in sociology. Students receive training that equips them for careers in both teaching and research. All sociology students take basic coursework in sociological theory, research methods and statistics, and substantive areas. The program emphasizes balanced training and the integration of theory, method, and substantive knowledge. For further information, including information about financial aid for students, please contact the department’s Graduate Student Services Manager, Leah Elms.

The department’s main concentrations of faculty research interest and graduate training are in comparative social organization and societal change, demography, research methods and social statistics, labor force and industrial relations, and stratification and complex organizations.

The department works closely with the Carolina Population Center, the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, and the University Computation Center. The department maintains the Odum Computer Laboratory for training and research. Computer programming assistance, consultation and computing services are available without charge for student research. The department also sponsors and edits Social Forces, an international sociological journal.