Graduate Studies in Sociology at Boston College
Director of Graduate Studies and Admissions
Social Economy and Social Justice: Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context
Many things make Boston College an attractive site to study sociology. Our talented and widely published faculty are committed to strong teaching and research and to providing in-depth exposure to the central traditions of sociology while encouraging innovative interdisciplinary inquiry. Many of our faculty members are public sociologists who are committed to making a difference in the world outside of the academy, and who frequently appear in the national and international media.
Another major advantage of graduate studies at Boston College is the high quality of students drawn to our program. Our graduate program has a social justice theme that attracts students who are as passionate about changing the world as they are about academic excellence.
Our faculty and graduate students have wide-ranging interests, but we have particularly strong concentrations of expertise in the areas of: Aging and the Life Course; Environmental Sociology; Family and Carework; Gender; Global and Transnational Sociology; and Race. Our faculty clusters page provides a sense of our leading concentrations of faculty interest and expertise.
Two additional aspects of our graduate program include our Departmental Seminar Series--an ongoing forum for exposing students and faculty to cutting-edge research and writing in the social sciences--and our Distinguished Visiting Scholars Series. The Visiting Scholar Series brings leading sociological scholars to the Boston College campus for an intensive period of residency, providing a unique opportunity for graduate students to dialogue and develop relations with a wide variety of important sociologists.
Sociology grad student Amanda Freeman has written six articles on women and poverty in the U.S. for the Newsweek Women in the World website. (See The Face of American Poverty Today and Life on the Brink for examples.)
Sociology Ph.D. student Robert Wengronowitz received a $15,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant to study community sponsored agriculture.