Consistently rated among the top departments in the United States, the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan has played a key role in defining the nature of the discipline. The department has been at the forefront of the most exciting developments within the field over the past 50 years. Historically, our program has been known for its pioneering research and training in survey research and quantitative methods. However, as nationally prominent scholars specializing in field research and comparative historical methods have joined the faculty, the Department now offers excellent, rigorous training in qualitative methods that complements its continued, traditional strength in quantitative research strategies.
The Department of Sociology offers highly regarded joint doctoral programs with the School of Social Work and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The University also enables students to craft unique interdisciplinary doctoral programs.