A few members of the re-established department pictured with Dean Barbara Schaal.

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Our Mission

The Washington University Department of Sociology strives to understand the origins and reproduction of social inequality, especially as it relates to issues of pressing public concern.  Our particular areas of focus include race/ethnicity, gender, the sociology of work and the workplace, immigration, social movements, and economic inequality.

The Department was re-established in 2015. In the 2018-19 academic year, our faculty grew to include 10 tenured and tenure-track sociologists, 4 postdoctoral fellows, and the support of a number of other faculty members with sociological interests from across the university. We look forward to the initiation of a Ph.D. program in the next few years.