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Graduate Program

Graduate Study in the Department of Sociology

Cornell’s Field of Sociology is a mature yet vibrant program within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Field has a long history of providing top-notch training in sociology that is both methodologically rigorous and theoretically innovative. It currently boasts around thirty faculty members whose scholarly interests run the gamut from comparative and historical analysis, culture, demography, deviance and social control, economic sociology, education, family, gender, inequality, mathematical sociology, organizations, political sociology, public policy, race and ethnicity, science and technology, social movements, social networks, social psychology, and work and occupations. Please read our department profile for further information about Sociology at Cornell.

There are approximately forty graduate students seeking doctoral degrees in Sociology in any given year. Graduate education is highly individualized, and candidates for advanced degrees benefit from close relationships with their major professors and other mentors. We are extraordinarily proud of our graduate students’ scholarly accomplishments, some of which are enumerated on our awards and accomplishments page.

We offer an exceptional funding package for graduate students, and we fund all of the graduate students we admit. The combination of guaranteed funding and Ithaca’s low cost of living allows students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, to focus on their studies and research. It also fosters a collaborative community in which graduate students are truly supportive of one another.

On these pages you will find much more information about the graduate program in Sociology. Prospective and current students should also read the official procedures described in the Graduate School’s Thesis and Dissertation Guide, whose information this guide supplements.

If you still have questions after perusing these pages, feel free to ask our Director of Graduate Studies or Graduate Field Assistant.

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