Welcome to the Department of Sociology

Sociology at UAlbany, currently ranked 28th by the U.S. News & World Report's Top 100 Graduate Schools for 2014, has a long history of excellence in research and teaching. Sociology explores and analyzes issues vital to our own lives, our communities, our nation, and the world. We are known for studies of demography, crime and deviance, family and gender, political, economic and historical sociology, cultural sociology, urban sociology, migration, and race and ethnicity. We develop and test theories with a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods. Our scholarship extends beyond the United States to case studies and comparisons with societies throughout the world. The Department looks forward to continuing its rich traditions. A major in Sociology provides a foundation for careers in academia, the professions, government, business, or community agencies. We are also one of the largest undergraduate majors at UAlbany, offering a broad and diverse range of options for students.

To view photos of our 2014 Recognition Ceremony click here.

Department News

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    Bose wins 2014 Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award

    --------------------------- Christine Bose has been honored bySociologists for Women in Society with its Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award for 2014. She will give a lecture on global gender inequalities at the 2014 annual summer meeting, and also present this lecture on two different campuses during 2014-2015.

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    Houston receives the 2014 Kaplan Award

    -------------------------Allison Houston wins the 2014 Howard B. Kaplan Memorial Award in Medical Sociology.  This award is established to support graduate students doing research in one of the substantive areas (mental health, self concept and health, or deviance) that defined the distinguished academic career of Dr. Kaplan.  Houston will attend the Reeder Dinner as a guest of the Medical Sociology section at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.


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    Hourigan wins inaugural ASC Division on Victimology Siegel Fellowship

    -----------------------------Graduate student Kristen Hourigan is the first recipient of the American Society of Criminology Division on Victimology's "Larry J. Siegel Graduate Fellowship for the Study of Victimology and Crime" 2014 award  (given by the Darald and Julie Libby Foundation). The DOV will celebrate her award at the annual ASC conference in November.