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About Sociology

Sociology is the study of social relations in groups, institutions and organizations, communities, and entire societies. The Department of Sociology at The University of Memphis offers a broad range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

We are committed to being a dynamic, learning-centered department that promotes greater understanding and analysis of social relations in groups, institutions and organizations, communities, and entire societies. Our contribution is made through cutting-edge research, excellent undergraduate and graduate teaching, exciting applied opportunities, vital service and community outreach, and preparation of students for a wide range of jobs.


The goals of the Department of Sociology includes promoting outstanding research, teaching, practical experience and applied opportunities, technical expertise, globalization, and service and community outreach.

Areas of Expertise

We are a comprehensive department with particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Social Inequality - studies of gender, race, class, and social movements
  • Institutions and Organizations - studies of religion, family, education, economy, and medicine
  • Comparative Social Change - studies of community, development, globalization, and quality of life
  • Deviance and Social Psychology - studies of mental health, marginality, small-group interaction, social identities, and changing belief patterns
  • Methodology - studies incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as the latest technology for teaching and research


All of our activities are conducted in accord with our values:

  • Integrity - at all times
  • Diversity - inclusion of everyone regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability
  • Community - of scholars, teachers, and people
  • Compassion - toward everyone
  • Excellence - commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service
  • Creativity - utilizing creative and innovative solutions to all challenges
  • Collaboration - with colleagues and students inside and outside the department and University

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Department of Sociology
The University of Memphis
231 Clement Hall
Memphis, TN 38152-3530
PHONE: 901-678-2611
FAX: 901-678-2525

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