Student Resources

Research Resources and Facilities

The Sociology Program maintains a computer lab, and all graduate students in the program are encouraged to make use of this resource. The equipment available includes a number of PCS, a Mac and printer; software includes Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, SPSS, SAS, and Windows.

The Bob Alford Library, located in the lounge of the Sociology program, provides a great resource to students. To search the catalog or borrow a book, go to and log in with the username "alfordlibrary" and the password "gcsociology". 

Once you are logged in you can search for books, and when you would like to borrow one edit the tag for the book to say "checked out" and then your name or email. 

Please be respectful and remember to eventually return your books and put them back on the shelf that they belong.

Students have access to The Mina Rees Library at The Graduate Center as well as library facilities at each senior college, which maintain a wide selection of hard copy and electronic versions of books and journals accessible to CUNY faculty and students.

GC Librarians also curate comprehensive research libguides for a variety of topics associated with doctoral and master's programs

View the Sociology Research Guide »

Student Groups

The Sociology Student Association (SSA) advocates for student interest in the Sociology Program. This is done through serving on program committees, organizing SSA meetings, and organizing events for students.

SSA uses Slack and the GC Sociology Listserv to keep in touch, share tips, and pass along opportunities for grants or jobs.

Sociology program working groups are comprised of students, faculty and practitioners in the field and often student-led, meeting regularly to discuss specialized topics and develop academic and professional skills in a collaborative environment.

Groups vary over time, but current and future topics include:

  • Crime, Law, Deviance, & Policy
  • Immigration
  • Political Economy
  • Society and Protest
  • Urban Studies
  • Qualitative Research and Cultural Analysis
  • Psychosocial Research and Reading
  • Media, New Media and Public Sociology

Learn more via the Sociology Program Community Hub »

Dissertation Deposit

Roxanne Shirazi, Dissertation Research Librarian, has created a guide with full instructions about the deposit procedures. Please direct graduating students to 

General Student Resources

Information and Downloads

These resources may be useful in planning and conducting your studies at the Graduate Center.

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