University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology

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Online Courses:
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Wed Nov 11th 2015
Holiday - Veteran's Day
University Closed

Thu Nov 12th 2015
Registration begins for Spring 2016
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Wed Nov 25th 2015
Thanksgiving Recess begins after last class

Mon Nov 30th 2015
Classes Resume

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Welcome to Sociology!

We are a generalist sociology department with a wide variety of research interests. Recent books and articles by faculty members have addressed the creation of global capitalist markets, comparative adolescent Drs. Boutcher, Irvine, & Tomaskovic-Deveysexuality, Viagra, democratization, the revival of the labor movement, workplace discrimination, grammars of death, white collar criminal conspiracies, comparative family policy, comparative racial inequality, the socialization of Chinese adopted children, Latin American social movements, women's workforce and men's household labor participation, and many other topics.

The graduate program is loosely organized around a series of intellectual clusters that reflect ongoing faculty research interests. These include Culture and Identity; Crime, Law and Deviance; Gender, Sexuality and Family; Politics, Movements and Globalization; Race, Immigration and Citizenship; Social Demography; Social Networks; Work, Organization and Economy. The undergraduate program is one of the most popular on campus. Both programs are undergoing significant curriculum enhancements this year. The department is at once committed to excellent education, basic research and to be a leader in the project of public sociology.

Sociology Community




Congratulations to Dr. Enobong Hannah Branch, who has been selected to receive this year's Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award. Read more.

Dr. Janice Irvine, professor and chair of Sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and study in Romania for the 2015 fall semester. Earlier this year, Dr. Irvine was also selected to receive a Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) award by the American Sociological Association for her project “Nuts, Sluts, and Perverts: Sociology’s Rocky Romance with Deviance”. Read more about Dr. Irvine.

Katherine S. Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMass Amherst, will be presented the 2015 American Sociological Association's Public Understanding of Sociology Award at this year's annual ASA meeting in Chicago.

On NPR's Radio Times, Professor Joya Misra discusses the dilemmas many working parents face securing childcare and the policies that might be implemented to address them.
Listen to “The high cost of affordable, quality child care.”

Dr. Anthony Paik was recently interviewed for the SBS Social Science Matters feature.
Listen to Dr. Paik discuss his research and the importance of sociology.

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