Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami

Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami! Our commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service is demonstrated through the works of the faculty, staff, and graduate students. Faculty and students engage in compelling and rigorous research that spans a broad scope of sociological interests and subspecialties. Our department is best known for its contributions and training in the areas of: Criminology; Medical Sociology; and Race, Ethnic, and Immigration Studies. The faculty and students publish their research in top tier academic journals as well as present their work at both national and international academic conferences.

The department offers a B.A. degree in either Sociology or Criminology. The undergraduate program provides students with broad exposure to traditional and contemporary material in each field and prepares them for a variety of job opportunities or graduate education. Many of our undergraduate majors are active members of the Sociology honor society, Alpha Kappa Delta; and Pi Gamma Mu, the oldest and preeminent honor society in the Social Sciences. The department also offers a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Sociology, where students complete the Masters of Arts (M.A.) as the first step in their program. The graduate program provides students with rigorous training and prepares them for future career paths. Our Ph.D. graduates pursue a variety of professional opportunities, including academic research and teaching jobs, post-doctorate appointments in government organizations, program director positions for research programs and community-based organizations, and leadership roles within the non-profit sector.

The department’s commitment to service is evident through a variety of faculty and student activities including community outreach, service learning, editorships, and committee memberships. A number of faculty members serve as representatives for organizations such the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and hold appointments on panels, e.g., the National Science Foundation Dissertation Advisory Panel and the National Endowment for the Humanities Social Science Review Panel. Our faculty currently serve on editorial boards of journals including but not limited to: Society and Mental Health, Health Service Research, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Criminology, International Migration Review, and American Behavioral Scientist. Our students also engage in service activities, such as efforts towards community organizing and volunteering in the greater Miami area.

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