Message From the Chair

Welcome to the USC Department of Sociology. In 2015, we celebrate our department’s Centennial.  We are proud of our department's history, some of which you can explore on this Web site. We are excited about the department's recent growth and our current directions. We now have 20 full-time tenure track, and three full-time non-tenure track faculty. USC boasts some of the nation's leading sociologists in the study of families, culture, religion, globalization, immigration, race/ethnicity, and gender. Our strengths in these fields are bolstered by our vibrant research and teaching connections with interdisciplinary units on campus: the Spatial Sciences Institute; the Center for Religion and Civic Culture; the Science, Technology and Society Initiative; the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity; the USC Center for the Study of Immingrant Integration; and the Gender Studies Program and Center for Feminist Research.

Our graduate program offers a range of methodological approaches, but the traditional strength of our graduate program lies in qualitative methods. Our faculty includes some of the leading ethnographers in the country. Still, many of our current students are finding USC to be a supportive environment to develop quantitative and multi-method research projects. Many graduate students collaborate in research projects with faculty mentors, often resulting in co-authored papers. USC Sociology Ph.D. alums are working in research 1 universities, liberal arts colleges, state universities, and community colleges.

We invite you to explore our Web site, and to contact us with any questions that you might have.


Michael A. Messner, Chair

  • Sociology
  • 851 Downey Way
  • HSH 314
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1059