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.


August 24, 2016
Graduate Student Elisabeth Becker Topkara recently published an Op-Ed in the Washington Post Acts of Faith Blog, expressing the hope and fear associated with bringing up a...
August 24, 2016
Alumna Elizabeth Breese was recently featured in a piece by the Smithsonian Magazine entitled “The Media Learned Nothing After Misreporting the Reagan Assassination Attempt...
August 8, 2016
Graduate student Sara Bastomski recently published an article in the journal Sex Roles concerning women’s experiences of public places. The paper, entitled “Gender,...
August 4, 2016
One of our department’s primary office buildings was part of a Yale campus carbon pricing pilot during the 2015-16 academic year. The six-month experiment, run by the...