Message from Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Sociology Christine Schwartz
Chair, Department of Sociology
The UW Department of Sociology is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world and Madison regularly appears in lists of “best places to live” in the U.S. The department maintains its excellence through rigorous research, methodological innovation, theoretical sophistication, and award-winning teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
UW Sociology students and faculty study and conduct research in a wide range of areas including aging and the life course, class analysis, demography, economic sociology, education, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, family, gender, organizations, political sociology, social psychology, stratification, science and technology. Our training and research are also methodologically diverse, including archival work, analysis of recorded interactional data, ethnography, large-scale sample surveys, secondary data analysis, and theoretical inquiry. The department’s successes in research and teaching are supported by our outstanding computing team and administrative staff.
The broad, theoretically rich, and scientifically rigorous understanding of the world that sociology provides has never been more important. If you are interested in learning more about our program, we invite you to explore our exciting and supportive community of scholarship by clicking on the various links to other pages on our website.