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.

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.

How ‘science popularizers’ influence public opinion on religion

Two prominent scientists with drastically different views on the relationship of science and religion have an equally different influence on these views among people who are unfamiliar with their work.

Kimbro and Parsons recognized with award for superior teaching

Sociology professor Rachel Kimbro and psychology lecturer Sandra Parsons received the 2015 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, which honors top Rice professors.

Nearly 70 percent of evangelicals do not view religion and science as being in conflict

Media and popular culture might portray religion and science as being at odds, but new research from sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund suggests just the opposite.