• Sociology


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    New York, NY 10003 
    Phone: 212.229.5150 or 
    Fax: 212.229.5355
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    Program Contact

    Director of Undergraduate Studies and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Sociology
    Cresa Pugh
    Assistant Professor, Sociology
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    Student Success Advisor for Sociology
    Chris McElderry
    Assistant Director of Student Success Advising at Lang
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  • Sociology is the scientific study of societies. It's a tool for explaining the complexities of human behavior, exploring the forces of social change, and bringing facts and reason to public policy debates. As a Sociology student at Lang, you learn to investigate and interpret data about group behavior and institutions; explore the operation of categories like class, gender, and race; and to design strategies for responding to social problems.

    • Study Options Major, Minor

    As a Sociology student, you develop a foundational understanding of the key texts, concepts, methods, research tools, and evolution of the sociology discipline. The program includes training in qualitative research methods, such as participant observation, interviews, discourse analysis, and historical sociology. The interests of the faculty range from the micro (interactions of individuals in urban neighborhoods) to the macro (global political economy). 

    Three themes define the Sociology program at Lang:

    • Discourse, meaning, and identity
    • Publics and politics
    • Social inequality

    Sociology students benefit from on-campus speaker series and conferences featuring leading academic and applied sociologists from around the world. They also engage in interdisciplinary dialogue with programs in history, economics, environmental studies, psychology, urban studies, philosophy, and media studies

    Major requirements

    Minor requirements

    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Our location gives you excellent opportunities for local civic engagement projects and internships with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, media organizations, and research institutions

    Career Paths

    Eugene Lang College helps students develop as well-rounded, engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. Sociology majors go on to pursue advanced studies in social science and careers in social and public service, business, law, policy research and analysis, and education.

    Consult our 4-Year Lang Career Pathways Map (PDF) for helpful steps and resources to link your academic journey to your future plans. If you are planning to go on to graduate study in sociology, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and a master's degree in Sociology or Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research.

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To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


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