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The Department of Sociology at the University of California San Diego offers training in a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, from the humanistic to the computational. We have particular concentrations of expertise in the following areas:

  • Cultural Sociology
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of International Migration
  • Sociology of Social Inequalities
  • Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The department is particularly strong in international and comparative scholarship, with specialists using case studies from most regions of the world, including Europe, East Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, alongside the United States. It also pioneers a cultural approach to the study of social problems that spans many subfields by focusing on the process of meaning making and identity formation.