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The graduate program in Development Sociology is noted for its ability to provide training that is tailored to the research interests of each individual student while simultaneously ensuring a sound grounding in sociology. Graduate students, in conjunction with their Special Committee, craft a program of study that draws from all across the university. The core courses provide a sociological foundation from which to pursue this course of inquiry. Overall, the graduate program is organized into three concentrations:

Population and Development

Core Members:
Alaka Basu
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue
Matthew Hall
Tom Hirschl
Daniel Lichter
Sharon Sassler
John Sipple
Lindy Williams
Jeffrey Sobal

Rural and Environmental Sociology

State, Economy, and Society

  • combines themes of political and economic sociology, within macro- and micro-comparative and historical approaches
  • emphasizes general training in the social change and development area to enhance students' credentials for general sociology programs
  • views development as less the analysis of the Third World, and more the analysis of global and local processes with broad variation.
  • Learn more about the State, Economy, and Society concentration on our research page.