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The Department of Sociology, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, is a vibrant intellectual community of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate majors who share an interest in understanding the social world. The “about” page describes the substantive areas and methodological approaches within sociology where Cornell excels.


Students in the undergraduate program learn how social context and social 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 and social change.


The Graduate Field of Sociology is responsible for PhD training through the graduate program. The Field includes all members of  Sociology as well as 12-16 scholars from allied departments. 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 and labs: 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. Department members are also deeply involved in the Cornell Population Center, Cornell Information Sciences, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and the Institute for the Social Sciences.


Undergraduate Students

Why Major in Sociology?
Information for Current Majors
Course List

Graduate Students

Admissions Procedures
Course List