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Uncertainty about the economy, health care, and the labor market. Ethnic conflicts in an era of rapid globalization. Concern for the environment. Shifting gender arrangements, as work and family come into conflict. Violence in schools, and even houses of worship.

Never has there been a greater need for sociological research focused on the problems and issues of our time. Study sociology at Northeastern University, and equip yourself with the practical and theoretical tools needed to address the complex social and cultural issues the U.S. confronts in a period of far-reaching social change.

In sociology, the department offers the Bachelor and PhD degrees. In anthropology, the department offers the Bachelor degree along with minors and graduate-level concentrations. The department is home to 25 highly productive scholars whose research has won national and international distinction. Our faculty members have won numerous prizes for excellence in the classroom, and many have also played leadership roles in establishing prestigious research centers and interdisciplinary programs on Northeastern’s campus.

Northeastern University is a beautiful urban campus located in the heart of Boston, across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. We are a short walk from Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), many unique restaurants and music clubs, art museums, and all the culture that Boston has to offer. In addition to the many nationally-and-internationally renowned speakers and visitors coming to Northeastern, our students also attend public lectures and events at neighboring colleges and law schools, including Boston University, Harvard, and M.I.T. In short, Boston offers a wide variety of academic, cultural, recreational, and advocacy opportunities for our graduate students. Our faculty and staff welcome and honor people of all races, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and value intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.


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