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Welcome to the department of sociology at DePaul University. The department is located in the heart of Chicago, offering a sociology degree that is immersed in the city itself. The department is comprised of 16 full-time faculty,  and adjunct professors who offer their professional expertise to our undergraduate  and graduate students. The study of sociology is the examination of varying 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, media, culture, and the arts. DePaul's Department of Sociology incorporates a curriculum that reflects this range, and we offer a wide variety of courses and concentrations organized around a strong core of methods (how we know) and theory (how we explain). Students within our program complete their degree with the latest research skills and knowledge.

Our location in the heart of 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.

The application of sociological methods, ideas, and practices allows for 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. ​