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. Students have worked on joint doctoral degrees with the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and have completed degrees in law and public health while in the program. Furthermore, the University maintains strong and vital interdisciplinary programs in Women's Studies, Latino/a Studies, Afroamerican and African Studies, and American Culture, and many of our faculty and students actively participate in these programs. The openness of the University to interdisciplinary scholarship is unique, allowing our faculty and students to combine disciplinary excellence with exceptional international and interdisciplinary opportunities.
Graduate students in Sociology benefit from access to the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR). In addition to Sociology, ISR supports the research of more than 200 scientists from over 20 academic disciplines with an annual budget of more than $80 million. Researchers at ISR develop and test survey methodologies, conduct experimental studies, maintain and distribute the world's largest archive of social science data, and train and educate researchers and students from around the world in survey methodology and survey research. At the ISR’s Population Studies Center, faculty conduct research on such areas as fertility, mortality, migration, social inequality, the family, and the demography of race and research methodology.