More than ever, the world needs sociology. We face mounting challenges of heightened global conflict, economic inequality, a fracturing political discourse and environmental degradation. We believe that as sociologists, we are ideally placed to understand. But we are committed to more than understanding; we believe in acting affirmatively on that knowledge, in becoming what is known as “public sociologists:” We collect data, we analyze, we debate, and we transform.
Boston College is a unique place to study sociology. We have a distinguished faculty with a commitment to first-rate research, teaching and service. Our graduate curriculum includes not only in-depth training in the central traditions of sociology, but also a focus on “critical sociology,” which puts us at the cutting edge of developments in sociology and related disciplines. In recent years, we have added six new faculty and have made major improvements to our graduate training. The department has expanded its expertise in global sociology, race and post-colonial studies, gender and family, urban poverty, consumerism, advanced qualitative and quantitative methods, medicine and the body, as well as African American, Latin American and Native American studies.
We continue to be strong in social movements, theory, aging and retirement, the sociology of mental illness, and political economy. Our faculty members write influential books and publish widely in major sociological journals. A significant number consider themselves to be public sociologists, whose work is influential beyond the academy. We support students who have similar ambitions.
Two additional aspects of our graduate program also deserve mention. These include our Scholarly Events Series, an ongoing forum for exposing our students and faculty to cutting edge research and writing in the social sciences, and our annual Distinguished Visiting Scholars Series. The Distinguished Visiting Scholars Series brings a leading sociological scholar to the Boston College campus for a period of residency during each semester. This provides a unique opportunity for members of the BC Sociology Department to dialogue and develop relations with a wide variety of important sociologists.
If your view of yourself as a sociologist has affinities with ours, we encourage you to find out more about us by exploring our department’s website and paying us a visit. Prospective graduate students are invited to meet with our faculty and students and to sit in on graduate seminars.