Concentrations

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers four concentrations in the PhD program. Each concentration offers an array of courses that train students to conduct original research in their chosen field.

Urban Sociology
The urban concentration focuses on the sociological analysis of cities, their social and spatial organization, and the populations that inhabit them. Topics of inquiry include, but are not limited to: the distinct characteristics of urban settings; residential patterns and their effects on individuals, families, and communities; socioeconomic, behavioral, and racial/ethnic trends and their consequences; the dynamics of urban neighborhoods and communities; mechanisms of social control; the growth and decline of cities; urban labor markets; and the impacts of globalization. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of urban policy. Read more

Sociology of Gender
The gender concentration explores the social and cultural construction of gender as a fundamental basis of social relations and institutions. The guiding intellectual mission for this concentration is to consider the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, age, disability, and sexuality in a transnational and historical context. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, examining gender relations in the United States and globally; as well as how ideas about gender shapes ideologies and economic, political and cultural processes. Read more

Globalization
The globalization concentration is designed to advance theoretical and empirical knowledge of globalization, its underlying structures and processes, and its myriad social consequences. The concentration offers a critical and praxis-oriented approach to globalization, emphasizing political economy, transnational social movements, and grassroots responses to global inequities. Read more

Environment and Health
The urban concentration focuses on the sociological analysis of cities, their social and spatial organization, and the populations that inhabit them. Topics of inquiry include, but are not limited to: the distinct characteristics of urban settings; residential patterns and their effects on individuals, families, and communities; socioeconomic, behavioral, and racial/ethnic trends and their consequences; the dynamics of urban neighborhoods and communities; mechanisms of social control; the growth and decline of cities; urban labor markets; and the impacts of globalization. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of urban policy. Read more