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The sociology department is one of the most productive departments in the country for generating new scholarly investigations in population and health, development and environment, and political and cultural sociology.


Undergraduate Programs

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Study human behavior and how it shapes and is shaped by larger cultural and social contexts.

Degree options: major or minor

EXPLORE sociology

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Examine issues such as race and criminal justice, police brutality, sexual assault, terrorism and more.

Degree options: major or certificate

EXPLORE Criminology

Graduate Programs

Master of Statistics in Sociology

Apply statistical methods to sociological and social problems and gain broad knowledge in statistics and probability theory.


Ph.D. in Sociology

Train in social theory, research methods, statistical analysis, instructional pedagogy and research ethics to gain the skills needed to pursue a range of academic and applied careers.

In addition, work closely with faculty members to pursue specialized training in one or more of three program areas: Population & Health, Development & Environment and Political & Cultural Sociology.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Department of Sociology at the University of Utah is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive department, campus, community, and society. We are committed to equitable hiring and retention practices, an inclusive and supportive departmental climate, and on-going conversations about the challenges faced by our society and the value of equity, diversity, and inclusion. In addition, we hope to equip our graduate and undergraduate students with the language, knowledge, and tools necessary to engage with others on these important issues. To learn more, please follow the link below and contact us!


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Support Sociology Students

With gifts from people like you, meritorious Sociology students who face financial burdens to funding their education are awarded scholarships to help them through their academic journey.

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 Congratulations To Our Award-Winning Faculty And Staff In Sociology!

Congratulations To Our Award-Winning Faculty And Staff In Sociology!

Samuel Owens, Staff Excellence Award Rebecca Owen, Superior Teaching Award Frank Page, Distinguished Teaching Award Guangzhen Wu, Superior Teaching Award (Not pictured: Akiko Kamimura, Public Service Professorship Award)

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Recruiting Doctoral Student in Sociology at the University of Utah (Fall 2024)

Recruiting Doctoral Student in Sociology at the University of Utah (Fall 2024)

We are seeking to recruit one doctoral student in sociology to work on a collaborative NIH NIA R01 research grant entitled: Area-level Socio-economic Conditions and Individual-level Health and Mortality: Exploring Place-Based Mechanisms and Individual-level Psychosocial Processes. The student will work under the direction of Dr. Sara Grineski in Sociology at the University of Utah, alongside a research team that includes Dr. David Curtis, Dr. Dennis Wei and Dr. Yue Zhang (all at University of Utah), Dr. Ming Wen at Hong King University, and other RAs and post-docs at both institutions. They will also be an affiliate with the Center for Natural and Technological Hazards at the University of Utah.

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1U4U IRB Approved Project Climb- Deadline is now Sept 10, 2023

1U4U IRB Approved Project Climb- Deadline is now Sept 10, 2023

A 1U4U initiative funded project "Testing of an indoor climbing program to promote physical, mental, and social well-being for college students." We are recruiting participants for this study. The research team consists of the investigators below and ten research assistants. We would like to promote the health and well-being of college students through this and future studies. Akiko Kamimura, PhD & Max Coleman, PhD - Sociology Jeff Rose, PhD - Park, Recreation & Tourism Kathy Francheck-Roa, MD - Pediatrics Tim Brusseau, PhD - Health & Kinesiology Xiaoming Sheng, PhD - Nursing

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Last Updated: 4/24/24