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The Stanford Sociology Doctoral Program: Why Study at Stanford?

David Grusky's Ten Reasons to Study Sociology at Stanford


1. World-Renowned Faculty:
Includes members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, and other national scholarly academies, former editors of several sociology journals, and directors of many university centers.

2. The Center of the New World:
Located half way between San Francisco and San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, an incubator for new types of firms, new types of poverty and inequality, and new types of networks and social relations.

3. Hands-on Research Experience:
Student research emphasized from the very first year of the graduate program.

4. Mentoring Matters:
Faculty are deeply committed to mentoring students.

5. Teaching the Tools of the Trade:

The best methods and statistics program in the country, with a new focus on training in cutting-edge methods and statistics.

6. Vibrant Intellectual Culture:
The sociology department is just one part of a larger thriving university culture, equipped with extraordinary resources and composed of vibrant and creative intellectuals.

7. Deeply Interdisciplinary:
Close connections to the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and much more

8. Three Sociology Departments in One:
Many affiliated faculty in the Graduate School of Business and the School of Education are directly involved in training our students.

9. Social Problem Orientation:
We recognize that scholars have a responsibility to produce research that addresses current issues and attempts to explain or resolve social problems.

10. A Real Community (Gemeinschaft Lives!):
An open and supportive environment, where faculty and students frequently collaborate.

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