The Department of Sociology at Notre Dame has signature strengths in cultural sociology, the sociology of education, political sociology and social movements, and the sociology of religion.
“Any field you go into, sociology helps because you understand how people interact and what drives the way society runs,” said sociology major Lamara Parnell. “There’s a lot of different things that you can do if you follow what you’re passionate about.” Sociology majors pursue their passions while developing skills such as data collection/analysis, scientific method, critical thinking, and collaboration.
Marshall Taylor, who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, is the Shaheen Award winner in the social sciences. A productive scholar whose dissertation focuses on white nationalist movements in the United States, Taylor is a recognized expert in computational text analysis and cognitive social science.
Rory McVeigh is the Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor in Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Social Movements at Notre Dame. His research interests include inequality, social movements, political sociology, and race and ethnicity. In this video, he discusses his research the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and the rise of Donald Trump nearly 100 years later.