The new Department of Sociology at Washington University will establish a program leading to the Ph.D. degree in several years, after a critical mass of sociology scholars have joined the department's faculty to offer a core curriculum in graduate-level sociology, to provide interesting seminar courses in several fields, and to fully mentor student research. Updates will be posted on this page. We welcome your interest.
Beginning in spring 2017, the department is offering graduate courses and seminars for an interdisciplinary graduate student audience in the areas of expertise of our faculty members. (See the list below.) Graduate students from across the University are welcome to enroll in these class. Click on the course name to see a preliminary syllabus. Please contact the instructor for further information.
Graduate Courses in Sociology
Study of the tools needed to analyze and understand processes of stratification fundamental to human organization. Emphasis on institutions undergirding inequality in modern America, with a special focus on recent trends. Survey of many major readings in stratification across the disciplines, and introduction to various approaches and topics covered by contemporary stratification scholars.
This topics course allows graduate students to receive credit in spring 2017 for attending the lectures and completing the written work for the undergraduate course Sociology 3710, Sociology of Immigration. Graduate students enrolled in the course will receive additional reading and an extended final paper assignment.
Description of SOC 3710: A review of theoretical and empirical research on how and why people migrate across international borders, and the consequences of international migration for immigrants and natives in the United States. While immigration is one of the most controversial issues in the contemporary United States, these contentious debates are not new. Americans once voiced the same concerns about the economic and social impact of Southern and Eastern European immigrants that today are aimed at immigrants from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. In this course, we will compare historical (1880-1920) and contemporary (1965-present) waves of immigration to the United States. We will explore why and how people migrate, immigrant integration, the impact of immigration on native-born Americans, and how government policies--at the national, state, and local level-shape immigrant assimilation and what it means to be considered truly "American," in a social as well as a legal sense. Prerequisite: completion of an introductory sociology course or consent of the instructor.