Sociology class
Cutting-edge research and exceptionally strong graduate and undergraduate training programs

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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 department also has close ties with the many other research centers on campus. Interdisciplinary research touches on subjects such as inequality, economics, social sciences, nonlinear systems, politics and social dynamics.

Catheryn Zhang

Alumni Spotlight: Catherine Zhang ’22

Learning about sociology was fascinating, said Catherine Zhang ‘22, about her experience delving into subjects like inequality and how institutions shape social phenomena.

During her time at Cornell, she appreciated learning under the brilliant faculty members in the department and finding support in her advisor Professor Bischoff.

Learn more about Catherine's journey and her future endeavor joining pioneering technologist program Schmidt Futures.

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Giving to the Department of Sociology

Unrestricted gifts, no matter what the amount, help support every facet of the Cornell Sociology Department. Gifts may also be designated to support a specific area of the the department's activities.

You can make a gift online at Cornell's Alumni, Parents & Friends page here.