A Fall Message from Jonathan Wyrtzen, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dear Students:

Welcome back!  I am excited to be taking over as DUS and thank Professor Rene Almeling for the great work she did over the past years in this role.

As we all scramble to prepare for the start of the academic year, I want to take a brief moment to highlight some of the exciting happenings in our department. 

First and foremost, a big congratulations to our seniors who just graduated. They have moved on to amazing new jobs and opportunities. Some of our majors went on to law school, medical school, or graduate school, while others have taken positions in government agencies, think tanks, research firms, and the private sector. Some have gone on to Teach for America and other programs, and others still have gone into technology. Congrats to all!

Second, the Sociology Major is growing rapidly. The number of seniors has more than DOUBLED in recent years! Our seniors are interested in a wide range of sociological topics covering gender and sexuality, social networks, health, urban education, politics, religion, race and ethnicity, and more. The Sociology faculty are looking forward to working with our seniors throughout the year on their thesis research projects. 

Third, all majors should keep their eyes open for events and news from the Undergraduate Sociological Society (UgSS). The best way to keep track of UgSS is to follow us on Twitter @YaleUgSS.

Fourth, please welcome our two newest Faculty Members, Emma Zang and Rourke O’Brien, who joined us in July.  Professor Zang is a demographer whose research focuses on the intersections of health and aging, marriage and family, and inequality. Professor O’Brien works on inequality and economic sociology, with a special focus on taxation, household finance, population health and public policy. Keep an eye out for new courses they will be offering, including O’Brien’s course this fall SOCY 314 The Social Meaning of Money.

Our strength as an undergraduate program comes from our amazing students and faculty. Our strength also comes from your leadership and your feedback. As we awake to the possibilities unleashed when we think sociologically, let’s harness those energies together!

- Professor Wyrtzen

Jonathan Wyrtzen
Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, History
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Modern Middle East Studies
Yale University
493 College #307
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203 432 5172


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