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Department of Sociology


Students conduct research at a lab.

Research

Our faculty's research interests are centered on three broad areas. Studying and researching in these areas will give you the foundation you need to pursue career in sociology after graduation. We encourage you to visit with faculty who specialize in the areas that interest you to learn more about research opportunities and career prospects. 

Areas of Research Specialty

Inequalities and Institutions 

This area emphasizes the shape, nature, causes and consequences of social inequality; enduring social processes that sustain inequality (e.g. social mobility, social networks, the intergenerational transmission of rewards and culture); the significance of race/ethnicity, gender, class and nativity in stratification processes; and the ways in which institutions and organizations such as law and social control, education, religion, the family and labor market shape and influence social life and behavior. Our faculty in this area include: 

Population and Health

The population and health area emphasizes substantive and methodological training in population and health research. Population studies focus on demographic processes such as fertility, mortality, household formation and migration, and how these processes shape and are shaped by other social dynamics. Areas of interest include

  1. Individual life course events such as marriage and cohabitation, childbearing, illness and disability, mortality, employment, migration, and retirement
  2. societal-level (e.g., national and global) challenges related to population, such as rapid urbanization, aging populations, and environmental strain
  3. theories and methods that describe patterns of population change and the individual life course events underlying them.

Health and well-being research focuses upon

  1.  the study of health and wellbeing across social structures of gender, race/ethnicity and class, including the social determinants of health and health care inequalities
  2. the interaction between health and social institutions like family, education, the labor market, medical institutions/practitioners, and religion
  3. sociological theories, social epidemiology and statistical methodologies for studying health and wellbeing.

Our faculty in this area include: 

Social Psychology

The Social Psychology program at the University of South Carolina currently ranks 4th in the nation, according to the US News and World Report’s Best Graduate School Rankings. Social psychologists at the University of South Carolina study social psychological determinants of discrimination and inequality; power and status processes; justice; bargaining; emotions; cooperation; collective action; altruism and prosocial behavior; morality and norms; and social networks and social relations. Our faculty in this area include: 

 

 

Classrooms

You'll find our building outfitted with technology, like smart classrooms, that allow our faculty to teach effectively from the beginning undergraduate to advanced graduate courses. 

 

Laboratory for Sociological Research

Our  lab is designed to be a place where faculty and student researchers can meet, exchange ideas and conduct and present their research. It's also the heart and engine of our social psychology specialty. The lab is the largest of it's kind in the US and draws researchers from other major research universities here and abroad to conduct advanced and rigorous social psychological experimentation. To take part in a research study, please visit our sona system webpage

Contact

Brent Simpsonbts@sc.edu

Shane Thyesrthye@sc.edu

Barry Markovskybarry@sc.edu