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MISSION STATEMENT

The Department of Sociology at Georgia State University is committed to excellence in the advancement of knowledge about social forces, social behavior, and social change.

We are committed to carrying out the University’s tri-fold mission of offering educational opportunities to both nontraditional and traditional students, engaging in high quality research on important topics, and maintaining external linkages that coordinate the efforts of the university with those of the community.

Undergraduate Program

  • We have over 650 undergraduate majors.
  • We graduate between 180-200 majors a year.
  • We offer up to two opportunities for small, writing intensive seminars.
  • We provide an established and well-run internship program providing hands-on experience applying students' sociology training.
  • We have a full-time academic professional available for academic advisement and assistance.
  • We offer a sociology club to facilitate the professional and personal growth of its members.
  • Student evaluations reveal that two thirds of all classes taught by sociology faculty were evaluated at 4.6 or above on a 5 point scale; faculty are actively engaged in individual instruction and mentoring students.

Graduate Program

  • We offer an MA only program, a joint MA/PhD program and a PhD only program. In 2007 and 2008 we accepted 18 and 17 new students, respectively.
  • Students can choose to concentrate their studies in one of our three specialty concentrations: Family, Health and Life Course (21 students), Gender & Sexuality (36 students), and Race & Urban Studies (45 students).
  • We now have over 100 graduate students; 9 in the MA only program, 50 in the MA/PhD joint program, and 43 in the PhD only program.
  • We take pride in our faculty’s mentoring of graduate students.
  • Most of the graduate students who have completed our PhD program have had an opportunity to collaborate with faculty members on research papers for presentation at annual professional meetings.
  • There are opportunities to collaborate and be co-authors on research publications that appear in professional journals or edited volumes.
  • Our goal is to provide our students with the theoretical perspectives and methodological tools to pursue their educational and professional careers.
  • Our research committee offers special workshops to socialize students into the profession and provide research help and opportunities.
  • We prioritize research diversity meaning that we do not think any one research method is the best, rather that whatever method used should be of the highest caliber.
  • We offer students a special teaching series that begins with a seminar in pedagogy, followed by a supervised teaching internship, and culminating as the instructor of record in an introductory level sociology course.

Faculty

  • We currently have 24 faculty members in a growing department.
  • Professors in our department sit on the editorial boards of sociology and interdisciplinary specialty journals and serve as members of committees for national sociological associations.
  • Faculty members actively publish research in top sociology journals, interdisciplinary journals, as well as more specialized topical journals.
  • Faculty members are also committed to teaching the next generation by publishing in teaching journals, publishing textbooks and readers.
  • In the last three years, faculty members have received $1.5 million in external research grants and an additional $169,000 in internal research grants.
  • Members of the department have also been professionally active in a wide variety of community organizations, non-profit agencies and advocacy groups.
  • As we prepare for the future, our goals remain to continue to enhance our level of excellence in instruction; to become one of the best Ph.D.-granting sociology departments in our areas of specialization; and to increase our service to the community and visibility in regional, national, and international professional organizations.