The Department of Sociology is an exciting and congenial place to pursue a graduate education. Our faculty now numbers twenty-eight, many of whom have held (or are holding) the highest national and regional professional offices. We have five Distinguished Professors (the highest honor bestowed on faculty by the SUNY system) among our ranks, and many of our faculty have won university awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, or Service. Sociologists at Albany publish their work in the major sociology journals at a rate higher than almost any other faculty in the country. Since classes are small and our faculty is relatively large, graduate students receive personal attention. Graduate students are paired with faculty mentors, thus affording students the opportunity to participate actively in research projects, often supported by external funding, conducted by the faculty.

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