We are a department with a proud history, and a wide range of research and teaching interests and methodological approaches. USC's faculty includes some of the nation's leading sociologists in the study of families, culture, religion, immigration, race/ethnicity, and gender, who have won numerous awards and honors. We provide students with a solid grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods and sociological theory. The unparalleled diversity of the Southern California region is reflected in the department's faculty, students, and research.
Our departmental strengths are enhanced through research and teaching partnerships with interdisciplinary USC programs and research centers. Our longstanding depth in the field of sociology of families is strengthened through our continued relationship with the Andrus Gerontology Center. Our emergence as a national leader in the sociology of sex and gender is due in part to our productive relationship with Gender Studies Program and the Center for Feminist Research. The resurgence of a longtime departmental strength in the study of race/ethnicity has been fueled partly by our thriving relationship with the Department of American Studies in Ethnicity. Our ascendancy as a center for the study of religion and culture is enriched by our fruitful relationship with a vibrant center for research, the Center for Religion and Civic Culture. And most recently with the creation of the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Research Cluster, the department is becoming a hub for exploring the relationship between science and society.