Concentrations

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University is an interdisciplinary graduate program that leads to the Ph.D. in sociology. The primary objectives of the Graduate Program in Sociology are: (1) to offer a strong curricular foundation in sociology and the social sciences; (2) to inculcate in students a depth of knowledge in the basic tools of the discipline; (3) to train our students to be outstanding teachers and researchers; and (4) to provide professional socialization that adequately prepares students for a career in the discipline. We take special care to have our graduate students serve as teaching assistants for professors in courses related to their area of specialization, and to eventually teach these courses themselves.

Our faculty and students are deeply committed to the critical study of large-scale social change as a means for achieving equality and social justice. In fact, it is our faculty’s wide-ranging concern for social justice, in combination with their dedication to teaching and research that makes the program so attractive to prospective students. To that end, the graduate program offers four areas of concentration: globalization; urban sociology; sociology of gender; and environment and health. We look to recruit graduate students that are interested in specializing in one or more of these areas of concentration.

The strength of these areas of concentrations rests on: (1) a cluster of courses offered in the department in this area, including a foundational course; (2) supplementary courses offered outside of the department that also reinforce learning in the concentration; (3) a cohesive group of three or more faculty that consider this to be a major focus of their work, as represented in their publications, grants, and course offerings; (4) the theoretical compatibility and collaboration between various faculty working in each concentration; (5) a larger support infrastructure for the concentration, including Centers and related interdisciplinary programs; (6) the importance of the area of concentration to the discipline and the larger society; and (7) the appeal of the concentration to prospective graduate students. In addition, many of our faculty are working in fields of study that cut across the boundaries of these areas of concentration, including race, social movements and collective action, radical political economy, the sociology of work, and environmental sociology (as seen in the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative. In short, our graduate program will provide our students with both the intellectual depth and breadth necessary to become outstanding scholars and teachers in fields of study related to globalization, gender, urban sociology, inequality, conflict and violence, and the environment.

We should also point out that Northeastern University is a beautiful urban campus located in the heart of Boston, across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. We are a short walk from Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), many unique restaurants and music clubs, art museums, and all the culture that Boston has to offer. In addition to the many nationally-and-internationally renowned speakers and visitors coming to Northeastern, our students also attend public lectures and events at neighboring colleges and law schools, including Boston University, Harvard, and M.I.T. In short, Boston offers a wide variety of academic, cultural, recreational, and advocacy opportunities for our graduate students. Our faculty and staff welcome and honor people of all races, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and value intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.

You can learn more about each area of concentration by clicking the appropriate tab to the left.