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.

Racial makeup of labor markets affects who gets job leads

The racial composition of a labor market plays a significant role in whether workers find out about job leads – regardless of the race of the worker, according to new research from Rice University and North Carolina State University (N.C. State).

United States must keep pace with socio-economic demands of growing population

The United States must keep pace with its growing demographic and socio-economic changes to avoid becoming poorer and less competitive internationally, according to a new book from sociologists at Rice.

First worldwide survey of religion and science: No, not all scientists are atheists

Are all scientists atheists? Do they believe religion and science can co-exist? These questions and others were addressed in the first worldwide survey of how scientists view religion.

Gender segregation in jobs is not rooted in early family planning

Despite decades of efforts to banish the idea of “jobs for men” and “jobs for women” almost 69 percent of workers are in occupations that are dominated by one gender or the other. Why does gender segregation in jobs persist?