The study of society will expand your understanding of humanity—and prepare you for a career in a wide variety of fields.

You look around and you don’t just see people going about their business. You see the potential to study social life, the social causes and consequences of human behavior, and the meaning of personal experiences in the larger social world. Our sociology curriculum will help you to understand the workings of societies and their institutions, organizations and groups by exposing you to the history, theory and methods of the discipline. We will help you to develop a “sociological imagination” and make your own discoveries about social experiences. Our teaching and research is strongly rooted in Brooklyn’s rich and vibrant environment, and we offer an expanding range of internship and field research opportunities. By the time you graduate, you will be fully prepared for a career in such fields as public policy, law, education, public service, marketing, and industry.


Our faculty have stature in such areas as urban studies, gender, aging, mass media, sociological theory, immigration and labor, children’s studies, criminology, race and ethnicity, and the environment. We are committed to quality teaching, the production of policy-relevant social research, and service to the Brooklyn community. Our teaching and research is strongly rooted in Brooklyn’s sociologically rich and vibrant environment.

Co-sponsorship Policy

The Department of Sociology welcomes requests to co-sponsor speakers and events from all student groups, departments, and programs. We co-sponsor events because we as a department value the open and free exchange of ideas. As educators, we place great value on learning, inside and outside the classroom. At our commuter campus, students’ time is scarce, as most have jobs. We want our students to care enough about ideas and about politics to plan and attend such events. By sponsoring and co-sponsoring speakers, we are not endorsing the ideas expressed. We are instead acknowledging and encouraging students’ contributions to the intellectual life of the campus.

Adviser Information

Meeting passcodes will be provided in the department newsletter. You can contact the advisor or the department for the code as well.

Professor Timothy Shortell

Associate Professor Namita Manohar

Assistant Professor Lawrence Johnson

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 3501 James Hall
  • Fridays, by appointment, via Zoom

Contact Information

Department Chair: Timothy Shortell
Undergraduate Deputy: Namita Manohar
Undergraduate Deputy: Lawrence Johnson
Graduate Deputy: Gregory C. Smithsimon

3612 James Hall
P: 718.951.5314
F: 718.951.4639

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