The Department of Sociology is a vibrant community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students who share an interest in understanding the social world. The department profile describes the fields of sociology in which Cornell excels.
Students in the undergraduate program learn how social context and institutions shape individual behaviors and decisions. They also learn the quantitative and qualitative tools of social scientific analysis, and how to apply them toward a systematic, evidence-based knowledge of social processes.
The Graduate Field of Sociology is responsible for PhD training. The field system facilitates multidisciplinary training and allows graduate students to benefit from the breadth of expertise in sociology at Cornell.
The Department hosts three multidisciplinary research centers: the Center for the Study of Inequality, which administers the popular Minor in Inequality Studies; the Center for the Study of Economy and Society; and the Social Dynamics Laboratory.