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Why Study Sociology?

World-Renowned Faculty: Nationally recognized scholars, including faculty who have served as American Sociological Association officers, editors of sociology journals, and directors of several university centers and institutes.  

Hands-on Research Experience: Student research is emphasized from the very first year of the graduate program. Students are encouraged to participate in research at one of our various research centers. These include: Howard B. Kaplan Laboratory for Social Science Research, the Stuart J. Hysom Social Psychology Laboratory, and Texas Research Data Center (TXRDC).

Faculty Committed to Mentoring: At Texas A&M University, our sociology faculty members are deeply committed to mentoring students.

Emphasis on Diversity: Texas A&M University boasts one of the most diverse Sociology PhD programs in the United States. Faculty share a strong commitment to meaningful diversity, including increasing participation in the graduate program and profession of members of under-represented groups (along sociologically significant hierarchies, such as race, class, gender, and sexuality) as well as those who have faced economic and social barriers to educational access. The faculty also places a high priority on diversity of academic interests, in terms of both substantive area of study (e.g. race, gender, culture, law) and methodological approaches to investigating sociological issues (e.g. demography, social psychological experimentation, ethnography).