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Graduate education in the Department of Sociology is intended to develop professional sociologists who will be creative research scholars, teachers, and practitioners.
The Department of Sociology is part of the College of Social Science, and also has formal ties with the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and Education.
In addition, many faculty have informal ties with various other departments in the College of Social Science, and with the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the Eli Broad College of Business. Department members are involved in area studies and development studies through their involvement with such units as the African Studies Center, the Asian Studies Center, the Center for European and Russian Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for Advanced Studies in International Development, and the Center for Women in International Development.
Department members are involved in ethnic and regional studies through their connections with the Julian Samora Research Institute, the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, and the Urban Affairs Programs. Department members are engaged in particular topical areas of sociology through their involvement in the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, the Center for Integrated Plant Systems, and the Center for Environmental Toxicology.
The Department is redefining our scholarly future under the thematic rubric of Global Transformations with the five areas of specialization: