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. We welcome graduate students from many countries and are very proud of the achievements of our faculty and students. The Department looks forward to continuing its rich traditions (see Sociology Department History & Looking Back). 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. For registration information, see our Intended Majors page and click here for an advisement form. Learn more by exploring this website.