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.

Drop in childhood obesity cannot be explained by health behaviors

While a reported drop in obesity rates among U.S. children has been heralded as positive news, more work must be done to understand exactly why that drop occurred, according to researchers at Rice and Temple universities.

Houston residents remain optimistic; Democratic edge grows

Even after a year of continuing low oil prices and growing layoffs in the energy industry, Houston area residents are remarkably optimistic about jobs and the future, according to the Kinder Houston Area Survey, conducted by sociologist and Kinder Institute Founding Director Stephen Klineberg.

9 recognized with award for superior teaching

Sociology professors Jenifer Bratter and Ruth López Turley received the 2016 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, which honors top Rice professors as determined by the votes of alumni who graduated within the past two, three and five years.

Rice sociologist examines border lives of working-class Mexicans

Tijuana has long had an infamous reputation as a hub of sex, drugs and crime. However, a new book by sociologist Sergio Chávez shows that it is also home to a unique and varied group of individuals who use both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border as a resource to build their livelihoods.