Getting Involved

Seminars given weekly by faculty and leading social scientists provide opportunities for informal discussion of current topics.

Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) activities bring undergraduates together to discuss Sociology, explore career opportunities, practice presentation skills and have fun.

Employment on research projects during the summer or academic year can involve fieldwork, data analysis, writing up results, course planning and publication of articles.

Teaching and public speaking opportunities are available to undergraduates through Teaching Assistant positions and presentation of research at departmental and professional society meetings.

Social events include departmental ice cream socials, lunches, holiday parties, and smaller gatherings, often at the homes of faculty.


All the Sociology faculty conduct internationally recognized research at the cutting edge of their fields. Undergraduate students participate actively in this research through working on independent projects or through employment gathering, analyzing or writing up data for faculty members. Students gain hands-on experience as well as the chance to assess career options. It is common for student research to be published.

Students have done research on projects such as:

  • "Portrayals of African-Americans in Television News"
  • "Group and Gender Effects on Investor Behavior"
  • "Contested Environmental Illnesses"
  • "The Role of Hip Hop Culture in Filipino and South Asian Communities in America"
  • "Public Education Finance Reform: What Is Fair?"
  • "Urban Planning and Policy for Inner- City Minority Communities"
  • "Intimate Violence"
  • "Understanding Family Diversity"