The Department of Sociology at Rice University aims to educate undergraduate and graduate students and further on-going sociological research. As a member of the School of Social Sciences, we offer four-year Bachelor of the Arts degrees and Ph.D. degrees. For those seeking further education/research-opportunities past a doctoral level, we also offer a post-doctoral program.

Ethics of research not so black and white

“Ethical Ambiguity in Science” draws on 171 in-depth interviews with physicists at universities in the U.S. and the U.K. and examines the concept of “ethical ambiguity” — the border where legitimate and illegitimate conduct is blurred.

$2.2M to Rice will support HISD education research

With grants totaling $2.2 million from Houston Endowment and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) plans to explore new areas of education research in the Houston Independent School District.

Bisexual men and women report poorer health than gays, lesbians and heterosexuals

Bisexual males and females report poorer health than gays, lesbians and heterosexuals, according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University.

People living in more disadvantaged cities are at greater risk of death by suicide

The city where an individual lives can influence the risk of dying by suicide, according to a new study from sociologist Justin Denney.