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The City University of New York is a multi-campus university, spread across the five boroughs of New York City. At its center, literally and figuratively, is the Graduate Center, a separate, smaller campus devoted solely to graduate study, home to 4,000 doctoral students enrolled in 31 doctoral programs.

The Ph.D. Program in Sociology develops sociologists of broad theoretical background who are trained in a mixture of research methods, from survey research to ethnographic, historical and comparative approaches. We currently have 150 sociology students in our doctoral program, and about 50 participating doctoral faculty.

Students pursue studies in many areas of sociology, but given our location, we are strong in urban sociology, studies of race, ethnicity, and immigration, research on urban institutions, including schools, and on neighborhoods and urban spaces. We also have faculty members who study white collar crime, drug use, and how changes in police practices affect crime rates.

New York is the preeminent center of cultural production in America, and several of our faculty members are noted for specialization in cultural studies. They analyze mass media, art, film, and other forms of popular and elite culture.

We are one of the leading programs in the country in the study of international migration, with many faculty working on aspects of the immigrant experience, both in the US and in Europe.

The Program also has long-standing strength in feminist theory. Faculty members study the sociology of gender from feminist, Marxist, psychoanalytical and other perspectives.

Several faculty members pursue interests in the sociology of the state, political economy, and social stratification. Some specialize in the study of development, including, particularly, the economic, political, and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Technology, work, and occupations are also areas that draw faculty and students into research. Topics include theories of the labor process, studies of work places undergoing technological change, unions and organizing, professions, and the relationship between work and family life.

The Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center maintains a lively intellectual atmosphere, with frequent talks by speakers inside and outside the program. Our students tend to be people with wide interests and skills. They are drawn to New York because they want to learn about sociology in a city that is itself extraordinarily dynamic, varied, and culturally exciting. The program draws upon the knowledge of doctoral faculty members from throughout the CUNY colleges, creating an unusually broad base of expertise.

Take a look at our list of faculty members to get a better understanding of their backgrounds, research interests, publications, and current research projects.

You may be interested in our current courses to see the kinds of classes students are taking this semester.