Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.

Karl Marx

Society is full of contradictions and yet determinable; rational and irrational in one, a system and yet fragmented; blind nature and yet mediated by consciousness.

Theodor Adorno

Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground.

Sara Ahmed

Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and on its institutions.

Michel Foucault

Sociology is the study of the social aspects of human existence. By exploring the complexities and dynamics of social life, sociologists produce knowledge that is relevant to the worlds we inhabit.

Faculty and students in our department tackle a rich variety of sociological questions within a vibrant and collegial environment. We invite you to learn more about what drives our award-winning teaching, research, and public engagement.