As social scientists, sociologists apply scientific reasoning and methodologies to understanding the array of formidable problems facing our country and our world.

  • Black Lives Matter Teach-In

  • Dr. Vincent Ferraro and sociology students presented research at UMass Amherst

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The Sociology Department is home to three majors and four minors. It is also home to a vibrant community of committed faculty and engaged students. The relationships between students and faculty – through teaching, researching and service – are what makes it all come together. You will find four years with us a rewarding and enriching experience.

The degree programs we offer include Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology, and Global Studies. What they all share is a determination to understand societies and cultures, through time and in any place imaginable. Importantly, what motivates many of us in the department is a desire to work out how we can impact the world in a positive way, how we can bring about social change.

You can become a part of this community. So join us – we will be pleased to welcome you!

Ben Alberti
Chair, Department of Sociology

Spotlight on Sociology