The Department of Sociology is a robust intellectual community where faculty and students work across traditional disciplinary lines. We organize ourselves loosely within eight different areas, although most faculty and students identify with two or three different areas. In addition, the University of Michigan is an institution that supports inter-disciplinarity at it's very core. There are no barriers for faculty and students to work with colleagues in other department or schools. Nearly 1/3 of our students are in joint degree programs - both formal programs and individually designed.
Many of our areas also run a bi-weekly workshop, where faculty and students share their works in progress, provide cross-cohort mentorship, and invite outside speakers for research talks. In addition to the workshops organized by area, there are workshops that bring together students and faculty interested in a particular methodological approach to their research.