Department of Sociology
The department’s focus on basic science is complemented by a deep commitment to informing public and educational policy, particularly on issues related to gender and racial inequality, income inequality, poverty, drug use, economic development, school funding, organizational practices and race and ethnicity.
The AR redesign of a display in Uris Hall was a collaborative exploration involving student researchers, staff and faculty.Read More
The Department of Sociology has redesigned a glass case on the third floor of Uris Hall with Augmented Reality (AR) to represent the wide field of sociology. The redesign was a collaborative exploration involving student researchers, staff and faculty.“I have always loved these kinds of small recess...Read More
Mia Krishnamurthy is graduating with a Sociology major with minors in Business and Inequality Studies from Cornell. Her interest in high-technology regions, start-up culture, entrepreneurship, and venture capital directed her to take Dr. Sullivan’s course “the Sociology of High-Tech Regions”Mia expl...Read More
Carolyn Chun’22 Sociology major presented her Honors Thesis research: Hidden Universal Right: Dissecting The Digital Divide and Its Impacts on Dryden, New York at CURB Cornell Undergraduate Research Board Poster Session of the Spring Symposium of Undergraduate Research “I did a case study in Dryden,...Read More
Youssef Aziz is a Sociology and Psychology major.Read More
Trinity Stewart is an Anthropology & Sociology major.Read More
What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.
Because all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports.
Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs.
The Graduate Program
Cornell’s Graduate Field of Sociology provides top-notch training toward the PhD in Sociology, and has long been known for its emphasis on both theoretical innovation and methodological rigor. The Field, which is much larger than the Department, has close to thirty faculty members.