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.

Rice Academy of Fellows aims to boost research profile

A new universitywide scholarly consortium of faculty fellows and distinguished postdoctoral fellows has been created to significantly raise Rice’s overall research profile by fostering intellectual exchange and advancement of research.

Adjusting to less food availability can impact kids negatively

Adjusting to family circumstances where there is less food available than previously can be a traumatic situation for children and can result in behavioral issues, according to new research from sociologists at Rice University. In addition, lack of regular access to food can also result in poorer health among children.

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.