Students walk across the North Park Street pedestrian overpass bridge that links Bascom Hill, at left, and the Mosse Humanities Building, at right

“Guided by the Wisconsin Idea of service to the citizens of Wisconsin and beyond, the Department of Sociology conducts world-class research on important local and global social issues and prepares students for meaningful careers and lives of engaged citizenship.”
- Mission Statement of the Department of Sociology

Our department is a well-knit community of faculty, staff, and students.  Under our umbrella, we pursue research that is leading many sociological subfields in new and different directions. We emphasize teaching and public service as well as research. Indeed, we draw no hard boundaries between our research, teaching, and service missions. We value and promote methodological, social, and cultural diversity.

Race, Justice, and Inequality

Explore this new section of our website that highlights the study of race, justice, and inequality by the Departments of Sociology and Community & Environmental Sociology. Learn more about research publications, research grants, related Sociology courses, resources for teaching about race, resources available to researchers, and organizations affiliated with the departments that promote these academic pursuits.


Demonstrators protest against racial injustice in Madioson

Return to Campus for Fall 2020

Classes are scheduled to begin on September 2.  Read the comprehensive plan that has been prepared for you by UW-Madison titled, “Smart Restart.”


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Emergency Student Fund Donations

UW-Madison has created a new fund to support students through emergency situations related to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Your support provides needed relief to students and families as UW helps them navigate this unprecedented time.

Donations of any amount can be made at: