The graduate curriculum provides rigorous training in theory, methods, statistics, and substantive sociological areas. The Institute for Social Research (ISR) is directly affiliated with the department, and provides funding and research opportunities for many graduate students. In addition, students and faculty may choose to be affiliated with specialized institutes and centers on campus (several of which are directed by Sociology Department Faculty), such as the nationally recognized Latin American and Iberian Institute; the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions; the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute; and the Center for Regional Studies. The number of resident sociology graduate students in recent years has been between 40 and 50. Of these, slightly more than half are M.A. students, and slightly more than half are women. The student population is ethnically and racially diverse. Recent graduates have found employment in academic institutions, ranging from large research universities to small liberal arts colleges, as well as in private, public, and non-profit research and policy positions.
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