Welcome from the Chair
Welcome to the department of sociology at DePaul University.
The department enjoys a location in the heart of Chicago and a tradition that
began in 1922. The department's 15
full time faculty, academic advisor, and adjunct instructors with professional
expertise offer our program to 290 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate
Sociology is the study of groups, institutions,
interactions, and the self in society. Sociologists explore areas such as law
and society, health-care institutions, family life, criminology, urban
development, social psychology, sports, education, political and economic
behavior, and media, culture, and the arts. Our curriculum reflects this range
and we offer a large variety of courses and concentrations organized around a
strong core of methods (how we know) and theory (how we explain). Our students
complete the program with up-to-date research skills and knowledge.
Our location in Chicago gives students access to internships,
community-service placements, and field research experiences as well as the
many opportunities of a global city. With its ethnic diversity and global
economic dynamism, Chicago serves as a unique setting for research, public
service, and career development.
Sociology can be applied to the world around us so a degree
in sociology opens career paths in fields such as public health, law and law
enforcement, non-profit and community-service agencies, the media, government,
and research organizations. Many of our alumni pursue professional degrees in areas
that include law, public health, criminal justice, social work, public policy,
marketing, and management of businesses and non-profit organizations, as well
as the MA and PhD degrees in sociology.