The opportunities for student research are diverse, robust, and numerous. In addition to curriculum-based research, you can initiate semester-long independent research projects for credit, and many students take advantage of grant-funded programs for summer research worldwide.
Within the Sociology Department, courses such as Qualitative Research Methods, Survey Research Methods, Quantitative Data Analysis, and our advanced seminars include final projects that enable you to complete independent research. Recently students have explored such topics as transnational transracial adoption, sexual assault policies on campus, and attitudes toward the hook up culture, among many others.
In addition to research-based coursework, our thesis is designed to promote, develop and recognize individual excellence through a semester or more of directed independent research. Recent thesis topics include narratives of respect and responsibility in black men's masculinity, racialized commentary in NCAA and NIT basketball tournaments, and the formation of non-heteronormative solidarity in a nonprofit arts organization.
Our faculty members have a wide variety of research interests, both within and beyond their course topics, and often collaborate with students on research projects. They involve students in meaningful ways, and as a result students often serve as co-authors on published research papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Recent examples of co-authored publications include an article published in 2015 in Gender Issues about gender role attitudes and job preferences in Sweden and a forthcoming article in Journal of Family Issues on men's attitudes toward their wives' employment.
Some current examples of faculty research range from studying multi-ethnic churches to the cultural dynamics of African American life in urban settings to social memories and contemporary educational policies and practices to media and body image to gender and parenting across different societies.