Graduate students in the program are introduced to classical and contemporary sociological theory in our required Sociology 773 course, taught each spring. More focused seminars on specific authors and approaches also are offered, on such topics as The Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois, The Sociology of Erving Goffman, The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, Pragmatism and Sociology, and so forth. Other graduate seminars, while not devoted to a specific theorist or theoretical tradition, take a strongly theoretically oriented approach. Social theory also informs much of the research presented in departmental brownbags.