University of Colorado - Boulder

College of Arts and Sciences



ECOT 311, 530 UCB

University of Colorado, 478UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A., Ph.D.

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior. It considers how society influences individuals, and how individuals influence society. Sociologists describe and explain the actions of persons, groups, organizations, classes and entire societies. They also design and evaluate social programs and public policy. The study of sociology includes social theory, research methods, social stratification, race relations, social change, criminology, demography, sex roles, religion, social psychology and human ecology.

Sociology majors have the academic background suitable for many types of entry­level positions. Graduates may work in government as researchers or data analysts; in business as managers, writers or editors; in social services as caseworkers, group workers or restitution officers; in public health as interviewers or demographers; in conflict resolution as mediators; or in community relations as neighborhood organizers.

The graduate program of the Department of Sociology offers solid training in the foundational theories and methods of the discipline and allows students the flexibility to pursue interests in a variety of specialty areas. The department itself is a well respected center for teaching and research, and is known for giving graduate students the ability to work with award­winning faculty members who are regularly recognized for their research, teaching and service.

Areas of specialization include:

  • environmental sociology;
  • gender, criminology and deviance;
  • qualitative and interpretive sociology;
  • population and health.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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