Our faculty contribute to the discipline’s core debates across several fields of study, including crime and deviance, environmental sociology, social inequality, labor markets, the family, and research methods. The excellence of our graduate mentoring can be seen in the number of WSU Sociology graduates who are leaders in their fields.
Graduate students in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University are given numerous opportunities to develop exceptional theoretical and methodological proficiencies. Our department encourages informal and formal intellectual exchange in seminars, colloquia, and faculty-student and student-student collaborations. Our program’s size allows students to become acquainted with faculty early in their program and to form part of a cohesive department. The Department offers a graduate mentoring program through which incoming students are assigned a faculty mentor and a peer mentor as soon as they arrive on campus. Their mentors assist them with the transition to graduate school until they select an advisor for their degree. Students and faculty regularly collaborate on publications and graduate students are offered support for research and travel expenses.
The research training in the department is complemented by our affiliation with the many centers within Washington State University. These include the Social & Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC), which is the largest university-based survey research center in the Pacific Northwest and reflects the efforts of sociologist Don Dillman; the Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO), a network of professors, students, and industry leaders working collaboratively to define solutions to environmental sustainability; the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, which aims to provide the community with civic education to better inform public policy and foster public service; and the Center for Civic Engagement, a center that links students and faculty with the community to share knowledge, skills and resources.