Welcome to UCR Sociology.
UCR faculty research spans the whole spectrum of sociological inquiry, from micro-dynamics of human identity and emotions to larger processes involving social institutions, corporate organizations, and global social structures. Our current and emeritus faculty includes one of two UC sociologists to ever receive the distinction of University Professor, multiple Distinguished Professors, former presidents and vice presidents of the American and Pacific Sociological Associations (PSA, ASA), former editors of official ASA journals, ASA section chairs and council members, among other noteworthy titles. Our faculty is also incredibly productive. The most recent NRC data on publications, citations, grants and awards ranks UCR sociology second among UC sociology departments.
Training graduate students for successful careers as scholars and teachers is at the core of our mission. The graduate program at UCR grants doctoral degrees, and allows students to earn a Master’s degree along the way. To provide our students with state of the art training in the field, the faculty recently approved an updated graduate curriculum. The program provides strong training in sociological theory and methods, as well as depth in any two of the department’s seven areas of specialization: Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, Gender Studies, Organizations and Institutions, Political Economy and Global Social Change, Race and Class Inequality, Social Psychology, and Sociological Theory. We prioritize hands-on training in sociological research, and provide many opportunities for collaborative research between faculty and graduate students. Please see the links on this page for more information.
We offer undergraduate training that covers a broad range of sociological inquiry, including ethnicity, race and class inequality, gender, social stratification, sociology of education, the city and urban problems, the environment, sociology of religion, crime and deviance and global social change. Course topics also include formal and large organizations, the family, political organizations, language diversity in the United States, evolutionary sociology and social psychology. Our faculty consistently earns outstanding teaching evaluations due to their commitment to pedagogical excellence.
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Research in this specialization focuses on the social, economic, political, and health consequences of race/ethnicity and inequality both nationally and globally. Students in the specialization study social, economic and political disparities, including both class and race as the bases of inequality. They examine theories and studies of racial and class oppression and exploitation. The specialization investigates the meaning of race/ethnicity, theories of race and inequality, causes and manifestations of racism, prejudice, and discrimination, and the effects of these phenomena on individuals, groups, nations, and international relations. Research in the specialization uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches and employs variegated theoretical frameworks. In addition to the above, students are free and encouraged to develop their own unique research interests in consultation with the faculty. Originality and excellence in thought, theorizing, and research are stressed.Click for More Information
This base is to be supplemented by a thorough knowledge of contemporary theoretical perspectives and key figures working within these perspectives.
Within the theory specialization is a special sub-specialization in evolutionary sociology. This sub-specialization examines long-term cycles and stages of societal and inter-societal development, the rise and demise of world-systems, neurosociology, evolutionary psychology, cross-species comparisons, and more generally, analysis of the biological basis of human behavior and interaction, and social organization. This sub-specialty is oriented toward cross-disciplinary collaborations with other social sciences as well as with the natural sciences.
Each year, one and often more seminars are offered on a broad array of topics in theory with the goal of the program in theory to produce very broadly trained theorists who know the entire range of theoretical sociology, particularly across its scientific wing. Also included are more critical theorists and those less committed to the epistemology of science. Moreover, seminars in other areas of specialization outside of theory are often used to meet requirements for the theory specialization. There are, for example, courses in the Social Psychology, Political Economy and Global Social Change, and Gender Studies specialties that can be taken by students preparing for examinations in theory that follow the standardized procedures of the department.Click for More Information