Welcome to the Yale Sociology Department

Sociology – the systematic study of social life and social transformation – is thriving at Yale.

In 1875, Yale professor William Graham Sumner (1840-1910) offered the first American course titled “Sociology.”

Today’s department spans a wide array of areas and specialties, balanced with an emphasis on the core concepts, theory and methods of the discipline. Much is new since Sumner’s day, but the Yale department still offers an overarching vision of the field, its future, and its relationship to knowledge of our changing world.


February 27, 2015
Congratulations to Nicholas A. Christakis, Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science, on his appointment as the next master of Silliman College for a five-...
February 1, 2015
Yale sociology alumnus Ben Herzog has a new book, entitled ‘Revoking Citizenship: Expatriation in America from the Colonial Era to the War on Terror’ to be published next...
January 28, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM, Yale Law School (127 Wall St, New Haven)  “2015 Stan Wheeler Memorial Jazz Concert” feat. the Yale Jazz Ensemble and the Reunion Jazz...
January 20, 2015
The Economist has featured a story about Justin Farrell’s forthcoming book (to be published by Princeton University Press in June 2015). Assistant Professor Farrell is...