About the Department
The Sociology Department is home to outstanding faculty and academic programs and serves as a center for innovative research.
The department's signature strengths are in cultural sociology, the sociology of education, political sociology and social movements, and the sociology of religion.
We offer three degrees through our undergraduate and graduate programs: a bachelor of arts (B.A.), a master of arts (M.A.), and a doctorate (Ph.D.)
Our undergraduate students have numerous opportunities to engage in research. Sociology majors can participate in research teams led by faculty and, in some cases, serve as a professor’s research assistant. We also offer an honors track that is especially valuable to students who are planning to go on to graduate school.
Our undergraduate students have won numerous awards for their independent research and have published in academic journals. They also regularly do internships during summer and, during the academic year, participate actively in the department’s Sociology Club.
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Our graduate students regularly present their research at national conferences and have strong publication records, making them highly competitive on the job market upon graduation.
Our graduate program is large enough to promote collaboration among students sharing common research interests and small enough to ensure that each student can work closely with faculty as mentors and advisors.
Trained to be scholar-teachers, our graduate students have been awarded more than a dozen College of Arts and Letters teaching fellowships and have won many of the top University-wide awards for excellence in teaching.
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The department ranks fifth nationally in the number of articles faculty have placed in the field’s top three journals—the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, and Social Forces—over the three-year period ending in early Fall 2006.
In the past few years, our faculty (and our students) have won grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Lilly Endowment Inc., the German Marshall Fund, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Social Science Research Council, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Perhaps more than most research universities, Notre Dame values quality teaching. The scholar-teachers in our department have won prestigious teaching awards and each member of the faculty is committed to teaching excellence both within and outside of the classroom.
Many of our faculty members are also involved with flagship centers and institutes, which develop the department's signature strengths and make Notre Dame a leader in sociology.
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