Graduate School of Arts and Science
70 Washington Square South
New York City, NY 10012
The Department of Sociology emphasizes both theoretical creativity and substantive empirical research on important social issues. It encourages a range of analytic perspectives and maintains strength in both quantitative and qualitative methods. The graduate program complements research on the contemporary United States with international and historical studies. Among its areas of strength are gender studies; social inequality; crime, law, and deviance; organizations and economy; political sociology; social movements; urban sociology; race and ethnicity; culture; and theory. In addition to course work, the department offers students a chance to participate in collaborative research projects through its apprenticeship program. This gives students early research experience and leads NYU faculty and students to publish a high number of coauthored papers. The department also maintains strong links to NYU in Berlin, the London School of Economics (via the NYLON program), and the Brookings Institution. Interested students can apply to spend part of their graduate career in any of these venues.
In addition to two department-wide colloquia, the department organizes five continuing public research workshops, where faculty and students present and criticize each other's works in progress, encouraging professional collaboration. These workshops are
(1) Politics, Power, and Protest
(2) Gender and Inequality
(3) Crime, Law, and Deviance
(4) Political Economy
(5) Culture, Institutions, and Social Change
The department frequently cosponsors speakers and panels with other units, such as the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, including an annual conference run entirely by graduate students themselves.
To prepare students interested in careers as college and university teachers, the department offers training in the teaching of sociology. This includes a teaching practicum and a graduated program of practical experience in which students work as teaching assistants.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Large City