Welcome

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.

News

June 2, 2015
Graduate students Thomas Lyttelton, Philip McHarris, and Celene Reynolds have been invited to join the Graduate Policy Fellows Program at Yale’s Institution for Social...
June 2, 2015
Congratulations to all PhD students in our department who graduated this year: Seongsoo Choi, Thomas Crosbie, Alison Gerber,  Joseph Klett, Matt Lawrence, Carolyn Ly,...
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...