Welcome to UIC Sociology!
Welcome to UIC Sociology! We are a group of enthusiastic and energetic scholars who study, write about, and engage with the world around us. As a department, we have two broad areas of expertise: the study of race/ethnicity/gender and the study of work/organizations/economy. All of our graduate students become experts in one of those two broad and important areas of sociology. Within those areas of expertise, we have an amazing variety of fascinating research underway. Read more about the department here
What makes UIC Sociology unique?
Our Graduate Concentrations:
The Work, Organizations, and the Economy (WOE) program investigates the social structure and social institutions of production, consumption, and distribution in contemporary societies. Current research projects include the organization of research and development in the United States and Japan, social network processes in voluntary associations, internal labor markets and the displacement of older workers, market and organizational influences on wage inequality, the impacts of the Internet, and the structure of intergenerational transfers of wealth. Read more about the WOE Concentration here
The Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (REG) program integrates theory and research on three key dimensions of social organization: race, ethnicity, and gender. It explores how these dimensions, both independently and in relationship to each other, affect individuals, groups, and societies. Areas of faculty expertise include: race and the labor market, gender and the family, theories of racism and racial and ethnic identity, intergroup beliefs and attitudes, immigration, racial and ethnic demography, gender and racial stratification, and race and social movements. Read more about the REG Concentration here
Our Commitment to Teaching:
UIC is unique in the nation with our three-year development program for pedagogy. In the first year, students who are teaching assistants simply grade and observe others, usually senior graduate students instruct. In the second, graduate students teach small seminars (20 students at most) which are attached to a large blended learning lecture class. While they teach these small seminars, they are enrolled in a graduate seminar on "classroom dynamics." At some point in the second or third year of graduate education, students take a full three-credit course "Teaching Sociology" and prepare their first syllabus. The first time students teach they are supported by the Associate Head, and meet weekly fur support and encouragement. We pride ourselves on producing serious scholars who are fabulous teachers.