Welcome to Sociology

Welcome to Sociology! Sociologists explore how human interaction shapes our society, and, in turn, how social institutions influence decision-making. At UMass, Sociology is a big tent encompassing studies of the self and the intersection of personal biography with social forces, of social institutions like the family and workplaces, of collective behavior and social movements, and of world systems such as globalization. A hallmark of Sociology is that it examines theoretical arguments with empirical data.

At UMass, Sociology is among the most highly ranked programs on campus. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report, UMass Sociology was ranked 17th among state universities, 15th in the sub-field of social demography, and 8th in the sub-field of sex and gender.

We are also renowned for our:

  • Applied curriculum—Students majoring in Sociology are trained in the investigative research skills used in many fields. Sociology students are known for their critical thinking, problem-solving, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Groundbreaking research—Our Sociology department is a research powerhouse, with students and faculty members regularly introducing research that changes the way we understand society and has real world implications for creating societal change.
  • Outstanding advising—From choosing the right classes to the ideal internship, our advisors can help you every step of the way. And our unique peer advisor program gives you direct advice and mentorship from fellow students who share your vision and understand your needs.

We invite you to explore the rich scholarships and opportunities in Sociology at UMass Amherst. Learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs.