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Sociology at UAlbany, currently ranked 36th by the U.S. News & World Report's Top 100 Graduate Schools for 2018, 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.

View our Fall 2018 Department Newsletter

Congratulations to Professor Zai Liang who received a Chancellor's Award for Scholarship & Creative Activities! 


The award is designed to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence at SUNY colleges and Universities, and underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.


Congratulations to Tse-Chuan Yang on receiving the President's Excellence Award in Teaching!

Associate Professor Tse-Chuan Yang was honored at the President's Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, where he received the Excellence Award in Teaching.  This award recognizes consistent superior teaching.