Our students and faculty are involved in the local community through volunteer work at community-based organizations.
Through innovative scholarship, teaching, mentoring and community service, we craft and translate sociological knowledge to foster social justice, equality and policy transformation.
We are dedicated to improving public understanding of social issues locally and globally related to social class, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexuality, aging and life course, education, health and illness and urban and community life.
We welcome all students and scholars regardless of their race, ethnicity, class, gender (which includes gender identity and gender expression), sexuality, nationality, religion, age, dis/ability and/or veteran status.
Welcome to Georgia State University’s Department of Sociology. Sociology is a social science centered on the study of social life and society. As scholars, sociologists strive to contribute new knowledge and educate people about the nature, extent and impact of a wide range of social issues. Sociology offers a valuable perspective and set of tools for everyone interested in improving community life, understanding systemic inequalities and promoting social justice.
Globally, sociologists work to understand society at every level, from the intricacies of everyday social interaction, the dynamics of groups, networks, organizations and even the forces that shape entire societies and world systems. At Georgia State, our students and faculty are especially committed to learning about and advancing knowledge regarding issues related to race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, aging and the life course, health and urban communities and systems.
Our talented faculty are deeply committed and passionate about teaching and mentoring. We offer a wide array of courses for undergraduates across campus. In addition, we work closely with our over 450 undergraduate majors and nearly 90 graduate students to help them develop the knowledge and experience they need to thrive and be successful in a wide range of public and private careers.
Nestled in downtown Atlanta, we are particularly interested in learning about and researching social issues in local urban communities. Many of our undergraduate and graduate students opt to do internships in local organizations to extend their learning and explore career options. At the same time, we strive to cultivate a global perspective in all our work, whether it is teaching about common social problems in other parts of the world, working with local international and immigrant organizations, supporting our students who study abroad, or hosting international students and scholars.
We hope you will take a moment to explore our department and learn more about the power of sociology for understanding everyday social life and making communities better places to live.
Dr. Eric R. Wright
Chair, Department of Sociology