University of Minnesota

Department of Sociology
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The substantive focus of sociology at the University of Minnesota is to clarify the implications of stability and change within a framework of social action. The intent is to join the rich social scientific understandings of social and individual dynamics with wider issues of public concern. The vision informing our mission is of a proactive civic sociology, which draws attention to significant social issues and responds to the interests of the wider society. This vision of civic sociology is central to the future of the discipline and the departments educational mission. The department is committed to moving its concern with action and change across its multiple activities in education, in research, and in service. The department has seven primary areas of emphasis: Demography & Population Studies; Global, Transnational, & Comparative Sociology; Inequalities & Identities: Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class, Religion, & Nation; Law, Crime, Punishment, & Social Control; Life Course: Family, Education, & Well-being; Theory, Knowledge, & Culture; Work, Organizations, & Networks

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Liz Boyle (chair)
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Community - Doctoral
  • Community - Master's
  • Community - Undergraduate
Department Address

267 19th Avenue South
909 Social Sciences Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Phone Number
612-624-4300
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Law, Crime, and Punishment in an Era of Mass Incarceration
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Social Problems
  • Topics in Sociology
  • Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Behavior and Social Control
  • Inequality: Introduction to Stratification
  • American Race Relations
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender
  • Politics and Society
  • Atheists & Others: Religious Outsiders in the United States
  • Hard Times and Bad Behavior: Homelessness and Marginality in the U.S.
  • Social Movements, Protests and Change
  • Organizations and Society
  • Social Networking: Theories and Methods
  • Consume This! The Sociology and Politics of Consumption
  • Global Institutions of Power: World Bank, International Monetary Fund, & World Trade Organization
  • Sociology of Work: Good jobs, Bad jobs, No jobs
  • Cities & Social Change
  • Education and Society
  • Sociology of Families
  • Asian American Identities, Families, and Communities
  • Transnational Migration: Networks of People and Places
  • World Populations Problems
  • Stuffed and Starved: The Politics of Eating
  • Contemporary Chinese Society: Culture, Networks, & Inequality in China
  • Gender and the Family in the Islamic World
  • Social Theory
  • Principles of Social Psychology
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Social Statistics
  • Sociology of Law
  • Criminology
  • Crime and Human Rights
  • Sociology of Punishment and Corrections
  • Crime on TV
  • Current Issues in Crime Control
  • Domestic Criminal Violence
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Women & the Criminal Justice System
  • Policing America
  • Sociology of White-Collar Crime
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Law
  • Youth Punishment & Corrections
  • Killing
  • Criminal Law in American Society
  • Criminal Procedure in American Society
  • Sociology of International Law: Trafficking, Human Rights, & Business Regulation
  • Topics in Sociology with Law/Criminology/Deviance Emphasis
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Environment & Society: An Enduring Conflict
  • Religion in American Public Life: Culture, Politics, and Communities
  • Power, Justice & the Environment
  • Never Again! Memory & Politics after Genocide
  • Globalize This! Understanding Globalization through Sociology
  • Terrorist Networks and Counterterror Organizations
  • Modern Sport: Its Power & Paradoxes
  • Sociology of Ethnic & Racial Conflict
  • Sociology of Youth: Transition to Adulthood
  • Love, Sex, and Marriage
  • Sociology of Sexualities
  • Contemporary American Culture
  • Measuring the Social World: Concepts & Analysis
  • Major Project Seminar
  • Social Statistics for Graduate Students
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Jeylan Mortimer
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Topics in Sociology
  • Crime & Human Rights
  • Sociology of International Law: Trafficking, Human Rights, & Business Regulation
  • Never Again! Memory & Politics after Genocide
  • Terrorist Networks and Counterterror Organizations
  • Sociology of Education
  • World Population Problems
  • Sociology as a Profession
  • Teaching Sociology: Theory and Practice
  • Sociology of Law
  • Criminology
  • Law, Society, and the Mental Health System
  • Topics in Law, Crime, and Deviance
  • Social Stratification and Mobility
  • Race Relations Theory
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Topics in Social Stratification
  • Political Sociology
  • Topics in Political Sociology
  • Social Network Analysis: Theory and Methods
  • Work and Occupations
  • Advanced Topics in Social Organization
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Topics in Family Sociology
  • Social Structure and the Life Course
  • Topics in Life Course Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Theories of Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Advanced Topics in Sociological Theory
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Advanced Social Statistics
  • Advanced Topics in Research Methods
Master's Level
Masters Comments

All applicants are evaluated for admission to the Ph.D. program; we do not accept students for terminal Master's degrees.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Comments

UMN Sociology offers a PhD program covering the fundamentals of sociological theory and methods, emphasizing mastery of central literatures and debates, the conduct of research, teaching, and policy application.

CFLE Information

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