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Graduate Program in Sociology

The department offers students training that ready them for careers in teaching and research.

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Sociology at the University of Georgia

Sociology faculty at the University of Georgia are excellent teachers and productive scholars, who have won the University's highest teaching and research awards, received major grants, and published their research in the top journals and presses. We embrace a variety of research methodologies, including ethnography, experiments, and secondary data analysis. This research is both interdisciplinary and collaborative: many of our faculty are affiliated with other units on campus and work closely with graduate students.

 

Dear UGA Sociology Community:

We write to express our grief about yesterday’s tragic murder of Asian women in Atlanta.  As the news continues to report on the incidents and their causes, we acknowledge that regardless of what we learn about the intentions of the shooter, these attacks and the increase in reports of anti-Asian violence more generally have a harmful effect on Asians and Asian Americans and their sense of safety.  Anti-Asian harassment and violence have a long history in our country.  The increase in incidents since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been an additional source of stress and isolation for many Asian and Asian Americans.  The UGA Sociology Department stands in support of our Asian and Asian American students, staff, and faculty.  We encourage every member of our community to take a stand against racial violence and injustice.

Well-Being Resources 

  • If you or someone you know needs assistance, you are encouraged to contact Student Care and Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs at 706-542-7774 or visit https://sco.uga.edu. They will help you navigate any difficult circumstances you may be facing by connecting you with the appropriate resources or services.  
  • UGA has several resources for a student seeking mental health services (https://www.uhs.uga.edu/bewelluga/bewelluga) or crisis support (https://www.uhs.uga.edu/info/emergencies).  
  • If you need help managing stress anxiety, relationships, etc., please visit BeWellUGA (https://www.uhs.uga.edu/bewelluga/bewelluga) for a list of FREE workshops, classes, mentoring, and health coaching led by licensed clinicians and health educators in the University Health Center.  

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This statement was drafted and endorsed by the Sociology Department’s undergraduate coordinator (Dr. Sarah Shannon), current and former graduate coordinators (Dr. Patricia Richards and Dr. Justine Tinkler), and Department Head, Dr. James Coverdill.

Latest News

Ron Simons is the PI on a newly-funded project titled “Economic, Social, and Health Consequences of COVID-19 Pandemic for Aging African Americans.”  It’s being funded by the National Institute on Aging and total
Diana Graizbord has been selected as a Member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Leslie Gordon Simons has received a National Science Foundation grant, titled "Economic and Social Consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Low Income, Late Middle-Aged African Americans."  She's the

Study abroad with us

Liverpool, England study abroadSociology faculty often teach classes in UGA study-abroad programs in the United Kingdom (pictured right), France, Italy, and in South Africa

This makes is possible for majors and minors to study abroad and get credit toward their major or minor at the same time.

All UGA programs provide resident credit and the Hope Scholarship covers the costs of tuition in whole or in part.

Learn more about Study Abroad

Our Graduate Program

The Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia welcomes prospective graduate students. The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia.  It is a Research I, doctoral-intensive, land/sea grant institution.  We were recently ranked 18th by U.S. News and World report among American public universities.  The main campus is located on 615 acres adjacent to downtown Athens. Visit the  Graduate School website at http://www.grad.uga.edu/ for additional information and follow the links below to get information about our specific graduate program to help you decide if Sociology at UGA is right for you.

Learn more about our Graduate Program