Welcome to Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Sociology. From our faculty, to our graduate students, to our undergraduate majors, our department is a place for intellectual growth, a commitment to understanding and engaging major societal challenges, and collegial fellowship. Through research and publication, in-class teaching, and out-of-the-classroom experiences, members of the department reach out in the best tradition of both the sociological discipline and the social justice commitment of Jesuit universities.
In our view, the world “needs” sociology right now. So many challenges and problems confront our globalizing world, and a perspective that can examine these locally, nationally, or internationally is vital. At Loyola we have people – faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students – studying contemporary immigration, gender representations in the mass media, how cities thrive, racial diversity in American workplaces, religiously motivated environmentalism, and the politics of food and nutrition, to name just a few topics.
Along with our research, the department prides itself on its teaching and the quality of the experiences our majors and our grad students have. A sociology major is a valuable tool for understanding the world, and the communication and critical thinking skills a Loyola Sociology education offers are flexible and useful in the workplace.
So, we welcome your visit to our departmental website and I encourage you to check us out further, either in person or virtually. And please contact me if you have questions or information to share with our department.
Rhys H. Williams