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.


May 16, 2015
Congratulations to sociology major Carla Vásquez-Noriega, who receives the 2015 Mildred Priest Frank Memorial Prize for best senior essay. Her project examined the Section 8...
April 30, 2015
Political sociologist Patricia Craig will join Yale-NUS College this summer as Dean of the Centre for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) and a Resident Fellow...
April 29, 2015
Graduate student Celene Reynolds has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for her work on how and why the implementation of Title IX has shifted...
April 24, 2015
Patrimonial Capitalism and Empire, edited by Mounira Charrad (University of Texas-Austin) and Julia Adams, has just been published in the Political Power and Social Theory...