Sociology is the study of society and how it is shaped by individual and collective action. A "sociological imagination" helps us to see the connections between private troubles, experience individually, and public issues, experienced collectively. It also explains how individual attitudes and behaviors are distributed in patterned and predictable ways according to the position of the individual society's institutional structure. These institutions include those of economy, government, family, education, and religion.

Sociologists are cross-disciplinary in their research as well as teaching.  This means that they are active in related programs on campus, such as Criminal Justice Studies, Health Policy Studies, Urban and Regional Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, American Studies, African and African-American Studies, Religious Studies, and Law and Society.

Sociology Program Goals (PDF)

For additional information on the degree program in Sociology, contact:

James Gruber, Ph.D., Sociology Advisor
4072 CASL Building
(313) 593-5611
jegruber@umd.umich.edu