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Welcome to The Department of Sociology at Tufts
We are a vibrant and supportive department with research and teaching strengths in media, culture, and society; social inequalities and social change; and immigration, transnational communities, and globalization. Many of our nine full-time faculty members approach their research and teaching from a social justice orientation, creating opportunities for students to get involved in projects designed to benefit neighboring communities. In addition to a major and a minor in Sociology, members of the department contribute in important ways to interdisciplinary programs in Peace and Justice Studies, Community Health, Communications and Media Studies, International Relations, American Studies, Asian Studies, Women's Studies, and Urban and Environmental Policy.

Our students learn to examine social interactions, institutions, and identities in a systematic way. The department's varied courses show how our selves, our actions, and our relationships are shaped by society, and how they in turn structure and change society. Social class, race, and gender are of central concern, as are institutions such as the media, the law, the family, religion, medicine, education, the military, business, nonprofit organizations, science, and the arts.

Students in our courses learn theories and research techniques that are useful for understanding social structures and solving social problems. Critical and comparative analysis and the imagination of alternative visions of society are fostered. Our majors graduate with highly developed research and critical thinking skills that suit them well for graduate and professional school and for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, business, the law, communications, and research.
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Associate Professor of Sociology Professor Rosemary CR Taylor appears in a Huffington Post Article about Ebola and travel bans as well as in a Tufts Now article Staving Off Ebola Panic.


Associate Professor Sarah Sobieraj won the 2014 Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising, which is awarded to one full-time faculty member in Arts, Sciences and Engineering and is judged by graduating seniors.

Professor Pawan Dhingra won the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award in Social Science for Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream.

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