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Department of Sociology


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.

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US should re-evaluate definition of skilled workers in immigration policy

New immigration research from Rice University suggests the U.S. should re-evaluate its definition of skilled workers to include informal skills of migrant workers.

New $1 million grant to fund Rice study on Houston-area urban development

A new $1 million grant from Houston Endowment Inc. will enable researchers from Rice University's Hobby Center for the Study of Texas to embark on a three-year study of how urban development is affecting neighborhoods and residents in the Greater Houston metropolitan area.

New Kinder Institute survey compares most automobile-dependent city in US and ‘Green Capital’ in Europe

The nation's most automobile-dependent large city – Houston – and Europe's "Green Capital" – Copenhagen, Denmark – both believe traffic is the biggest problem facing their respective areas of the world, but for very different reasons, according to the first Copenhagen Area Survey. The survey is the first formal international evaluation conducted by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

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