A community discussion in West Java, Indonesia

People looking at an instructor in an outdoor classroom

Undergraduate students in DSOC 3050 - Education, Inequality, and Development

Three students in a lecture hall

Traditional farming techniques in Pakistan

Rural farm fields and village buildings, with mountains in the background

A graduate student and research assistants in Uganda

People standing in front of a bus


The Department of Development Sociology offers a unique program profile unmatched by any other department of sociology in the nation.

We conduct theoretical and applied research, teaching, and outreach on the causes, dynamics, and consequences of social, cultural, political and economic change.

The department offers degree programs for undergraduate and graduate studies. The department also houses several outreach and extension programs and institutes that link the department to the Cornell community and off-campus organizations engaged in rural, community and international development. Learn more


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LEAD New York receives major gift

Dec 15, 2014
The American Agriculturist Foundation made a $333,000 gift to CaRDI's LEAD New York program, the leadership development program for adult professionals in the food, agriculture and natural resource industries. Read more

Youjin Chung receives SSRC grant

Nov 7, 2014
PhD student Youjin Chung received the Social Sciences Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship for the field of Development and Migration. She also passed her M exam-congratulations! Read more