Welcome to CU Boulder’s Department of Sociology
Welcome to CU Boulder’s Department of Sociology
Find out how to become a Sociology major or minor, find your academic advisor or graduation information, and apply for a scholarship, award, internship, study abroad, or the honors program.
Find information for graduate students about awards and funding, the courses you can take, student service positions, graduation as well as resources, forms and deadlines.
Explore our distinguished faculty profiles and learn about their research and research interests, publications, and current projects. Find a professor’s office hours, their CV, or their website.
Immigration, particularly Latino migration, has become a hot topic in US politics. The current administration presents a unique set of challenges to the study of migration. This course will provide foundations in policy and sociological knowledge necessary to understand contemporary issues of migration.
Interested in crime? How the police, courts, and prisons operate? Take SOCY 2044 to learn about Crime & Society. Explores issues related to crime, the criminal justice system, and crime-related public policy.
What did you eat for breakfast today? Do you know where it came from? Who grew it, who harvested it, who shipped it, who packaged it? And why did you choose to eat what you did? SOCY 4117 – “Food and Society” – offers an introduction to the sociology of food and agriculture. First, we will examine the structure of our food system – how our society produces food, and how that has changed over time. This includes an overview of industrialization, and the social and ecological impacts of contemporary agriculture. We will also examine debates about how we feed the world, agriculture in developing countries, and the role for new technologies. In the second half of the course, we critically evaluate alternative approaches to food production, such as organic, fair trade, and local food. Finally, we will ask questions about consumption – “why we eat what we do,” taking a look at gender roles, body image, and ideals of what constitutes "good food." This course won’t tell you what to eat, but it will give you food for thought as you sit down to your next meal. (No prerequisites).
News & Announcements
Last week, Mathieu Desan participated in the Social Sciences Today Forum panel “Beyond #Protest” organized by CARTSS at CU. He also presented a paper, “Is the Front National Republican and Does it Matter?”, at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Montreal this past weekend.
Emily and Sam Bacon welcomed Harper Claire early in the morning on Wednesday, November 8th. We are all happy and healthy and enjoying our time together.
An interdisciplinary certificate in Animals and Society, directed by Leslie Irvine, has now been approved. The program emphasizes scholarship from the social sciences and humanities, with elective options in the natural sciences. The requirements include courses in History, Philosophy, Anthropology, and French and Italian, along with Animals and Society in Sociology.
Elizabeth Bittel (2011 cohort) presented a paper at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, WI titled “Gender and Modernization or Development of Sri Lanka’s East Coast After the 2004 Tsunami and War.”
Additionally, Elizabeth developed a teaching module for the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies as part of a curriculum development grant competition, that is (at long last) live on the AISLS website! The module, titled “Teaching about the 2004 Tsunami” is a two-part unit of curriculum meant to be adaptable to instructors in a wide array of fields who may be teaching (both online and face-to-face classes) about the social dimensions of disasters and hazards. The two sections focus broadly on the topics of “disasters and disaster recovery” and “social capital and disaster recovery” by grounding the relevant concepts in the context of Sri Lanka’s recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 30-year civil war. The module can be found here: http://www.aisls.org/resources/teaching-about-sri-lanka/the-2004-tsunami/ Please feel free to use the module, share it widely, and reach out to Elizabeth with any questions you may have about it. Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Boardman's research focuses on the social determinants of health with an emphasis on the gene-environment interactions related to health behaviors. He teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in statistics, social demography, and the sociology of race and ethnicity.
Christina Sue's research is in the areas of comparative race/ethnicity, race mixture/multiracialism, Latino/a integration, immigration, and gender, with a regional focus on Latin America and the United States. In 2013 she published Land of the Cosmic Race: Race Mixture, Racism, and Blackness in Mexico.