Established in 1924, Michigan State University's Department of Sociology has a long and rich tradition of rigorous research, high-quality teaching, and impactful engagement. We are on the forefront of innovative scholarship that enhances sociological understanding and produces scholars who address major societal challenges.

While we investigate a range of sociological phenomena, our department has substantial strengths in three signature areas: Environment, Health/Medicine, and Migration. MSU sociologists conduct research in Michigan, across the US, and around the world—often collaborating with sociologists and scholars in other disciplines as well as with key stakeholders, such as community members, policy-makers, technical experts, and activists.

Our doctoral program attracts candidates from around the world, who regularly go on to distinguished careers in academia, government, civil society, and the business community. Our doctoral program typically has approximately 30 students and regularly ranks in the top 50 sociology PhD programs in the world. Our undergraduate program of approximately 175 majors and minors produces enlightened citizens and lifelong learners who succeed in a range of careers.

MSU Sociology deeply values the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. For more information on our commitment, please visit our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page.

Please explore our website, and feel free to contact us for further information at soc1@msu.edu