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.


January 27, 2016
The reasons to select the Yale Sociology Major are highlighted in a new film. The ten-minute video, entitled Sociology at Yale: The Choice Explained, is featured on Yale...
January 15, 2016
Assistant Professor Jonathan Wyrtzen recently published his first book, entitled ’Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’. Published by Cornell...
January 5, 2016
Recent PhD graduate Jeffrey Guhin ’13 is to join the UCLA Department of Sociology this fall as a tenure-track assistant professor. Jeff will be working alongside recent...
December 10, 2015
The Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies selected John Hartley from among leading experts to address the topic “Religious Diplomacy with Iran after the...