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.


April 24, 2014
Graduate student Jonathan Endelman has been awarded a Fox Fellowship from Yale’s MacMillan Center. He will spend the next year in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be...
April 24, 2014
Graduate student Jensen Sass has been awarded a 2014-2015 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Writing Fellowship. This prestigious award is intended to support a year of research and...
April 18, 2014
The Center for Cultural Sociology is celebrating its 10th anniversary by hosting a special conference, Advancing Cultural Sociology, from Friday, April 25, 1:00 PM to Sunday...