Sociology Department

Areas of Specialization for Graduate Students

The Sociology Department at UAlbany has many areas of specialization. These areas include a wide variety of interests within sociology. Click on one of the links below for detailed information on some of our more popular areas of specialization:

 

Areas for comprehensive examinations:

Areas must be chosen from the list of sociological area specialties listed in the American Sociological Association’s Guide to Graduate Departments.

The following are areas in which three or more department faculty list an area of specialization. If a student petitions for one of these areas and their committee is made up of three of the faculty listed under this area, the Graduate Director will give automatic approval to the student’s request:

Aging/Social Gerontology: Loscocco, Spitze, Ward, Gubernskaya

Children and Youth: Brandon, Dreby, Kaufman, Trent

Collective Behavior/Social Movements: Jacobs, Lachmann, Seidman

Comparative/Historical Sociology: Popp Berman, Bose, Jacobs, Lachmann, Major

Criminology/Deviance: Kaufman, Messner, Ward

Cultural Sociology: Popp Berman, Jacobs, Lachmann, Seidman

Demography: Brandon, Deane, Denton, Friedman, Horton, Liang, South, Spitze, Trent, Strully, Gubernskaya, Yang

Development/Globalization/World Systems: Bose, Lachmann, Liang, Raffalovich

Economic Sociology: Popp Berman, Brandon, Lachmann, Loscocco, Major, Raffalovich, Zetka

Family: Brandon, Dreby, Loscocco, South, Spitze, Strully, Trent, Ward, Gubernskaya

Gender: Bose, Dreby, Loscocco, Seidman, Spitze, Wagner, Ward

History of Sociology/Social Thought: Jacobs, Lachmann, Zetka

Migration and Immigration: Brandon, Chung, Dreby, Denton, Friedman, Horton, Liang, South, Gubernskaya

Occupations/Professions: Popp Berman, Bose, Loscocco, Raffalovich, Zetka

Organizations: Popp Berman, Lachmann, Zetka

Political Sociology: Popp Berman, Jacobs, Lachmann, Major, Raffalovich

Qualitative Sociology: Chung, Popp Berman, Dreby, Lachmann, Loscocco, Seidman, Spitze, Spitze

Quantitative Methods: Brandon, Deane, Liang, Raffalovich, South, Gubernskaya, Yang

Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations: Bose, Chung, Denton, Friedman, Horton, Jacobs, Loscocco

Science/Technology: Raffalovich, Wagner, Spitze,

Sexuality: Bose, Kaufman, Jacobs, Loscocco, Seidman, Spitze, Wagner

Social Networks: Lachmann, Raffalovich

Sociological Theory: Popp Berman, Raffalovich, Jacobs, Lachmann, Seidman, Wagner

Stratification/Mobility: Bose, Horton, Loscocco, Raffalovich, Strully

Urban Sociology: Chung, Dreby, Denton, Friedman, Horton, Liang, Jacobs, South

Work/Labor Markets: Popp Berman, BoseBrandon, Loscocco, Raffalovich, Spitze, Strully, Zetka

If a student wishes to select one of the above areas, but would like to choose a faculty member from this or another department who is not included on the above list, they must attach an explanation as to why that faculty member would be appropriate for their committee. All such requests will be considered by the Graduate Committee.

The following is a list of those areas from the Guide to Graduate Departments which only two members of the department faculty have listed as areas in which they are competent to examine students. If a student chooses to be examined in one of these areas, they must use both faculty members listed and select one additional faculty person from this or another department. In the student’s letter requesting to be examined in this area they must attach an explanation as to why the non-listed faculty person would be appropriate for their committee. All such requests will be considered by the Graduate Committee.

Medical Sociology/Mental Health: Strully, Ward, Yang

Social Psychology: Kaufman, Wagner

Students have the option of petitioning to take an exam in an area listed in the ASA Guide to Graduate Departments which is not included in the above lists. Among those areas are the following, which only one faculty member lists as a specialization. Students who want to take an exam in one of these areas must find two other faculty members willing to examine in this area, at least one of whom must be a member of the department. In a student’s letter requesting to be examined in this area they must attach an explanation as to why the non-listed faculty person would be appropriate for their committee. All such requests will be considered by the Graduate Committee.

Democracy: Seidman

Religion: Lachmann

Rural Sociology: Horton, Yang