The Departments of Sociology and Rural Sociology conduct a combined graduate program designed to prepare students for scholarly research, teaching, or applied work. All major areas of sociological inquiry are represented in the curriculum. Through course work and the many opportunities for research training, the students are introduced rapidly to the research problems of the field. Most students participate in faculty projects and thus acquire the spirit and technique of productive scholarly work in an apprenticeship setting. At the same time, students are encouraged to pursue their own interests.

Major centers housed within the departments include the Center for Demography and Ecology, The Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, and the Applied Population Laboratory. The departments offer many areas for concentrated study:

  • Class Analysis and Historical Change
  • Communities and Urban Sociology
  • Demography and Ecology
  • Sociology of Deviance, Law and Social Control
  • Economic Sociology
  • Methods and Statistics
  • Organizational and Occupational Analysis
  • Political Sociology
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Social Psychology and Micro Sociology
  • Social Stratification
  • Agrofood Systems
  • Sociology of Economic Change and Development
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology of Law and Society
  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Comparative-Historical Sociology
  • Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Sociology of Science and Technology
  • General Social Theory

Possible Degree Combinations

  • J.D. and Ph.D. degree in Sociology

Admission Procedures and Requirements

For current information about admission procedures and program requirements, contact:


Department of Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison 8128 Social Science Building
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: 608-262-4863

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