Department Resources

Graduate Student Handbook

Divisional Resources

Social Sciences Division: The Division home page for information about other programs in the social sciences.

Social Science Dean of Students Office: The Division's Dean of Students Office's home page includes information and forms for current students. 

University Resources

Chicago Center for Teaching: The Chicago Center for Teaching provides training and resources for students in teaching situations.

UChicago GRAD Resources and services for University Graudate Students

Library Resources: The University of Chicago Library Home Page.

Library's Sociology Page: A page sponsored by the University of Chicago Library Information Service, LibInfo for short. The page contains information about where to find sociology materials in the library and also gives links to outside sources.

Special Collections: Source for rare books and manuscripts.

Population Research Center: The Population Research Center (PRC) is affiliated with and supported by both the National Opinion Research Center and the University of Chicago. The PRC is an interdisciplinary research center designed to facilitate high-quality population research conducted by its member economists, sociologists, and other population scientists. Sources of training support include NICHD, National Institute of Aging, and the Hewlett Foundation. The PRC also works closely with the Center on Demography and Economics of Aging.

NORC is a national organization for research at the University of Chicago, with offices on the University’s campus, in Chicago’s downtown Loop, and in Washington DC, as well as a nationwide field staff. NORC’s clients include government agencies, educational institutions, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, and private corporations. Although its national studies are its best known, NORC’s projects--which include complex survey and other data collection strategies as well as sophisticated empirical analyses--range across local, regional, and international perspectives as well. NORC’s project work is done in an interdisciplinary framework, with strong staff cooperation across substantive areas. NORC is an equal opportunity employer committed to facilitating the personal and professional development of everyone on its staff.

Survey Lab: The Survey Lab is a center for survey research on the campus of the University of Chicago. The Lab specializes in- high quality, smaller-scale and innovative sample surveys; supporting research needs at The University of Chicago, other academic institutions and community organizations in the region; student training in the methods of survey research; and student placement in survey research internships and careers.

The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago was established in 1985 as a research and development center dedicated to bringing sound information, rigorous analyses, innovative ideas, and an independent perspective to the ongoing public debate about the needs of children and the ways in which those needs can best be met. The Center focuses its work on all children, while devoting particular attention to children facing special risks or challenges, such as poverty, abuse and neglect, mental and physical illness. The contexts in which children are supported--primarily their families and communities--are of particular interest.

American Bar Foundation: Faculty members John Comaroff, and Edward Laumann either hold joint appointments or currently work on research projects with the ABF. Chicago students occasionally work on research projects and get fellowship support from the Foundation. The American Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, independent national research institute committed to basic empirical research on law and legal institutions. For more than 40 years, the Foundation's research products have served to expand knowledge of the theory and functioning of law, legal institutions, and the legal profession. Foundation researchers use a wide array of research methods, such as sample surveys, observational studies, documentary analysis, structured interviews, statistical analysis of major data sets, experiments, and historical and comparative analysis.

Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory: The Center is a joint activity of the political science and sociology departments to encourage ongoing discussions among faculty and graduate students doing research on the United States, Europe, Japan, and industrialized nations.

Center for Health Administration Studies: The Center for Health Administration Studies has four objectives: (1) to undertake multidisciplinary research on problems in the organization, financing, and delivery of health services; (2) to train executives and managers for the health care system; (3) to prepare researchers and teachers in health services administration; and (4) to communicate health services research findings and their implications to policy makers, practitioners, and students in health services delivery.

Rational Choice Program: This program includes (1) classroom training in the skills necessary for use of rational choice methods in sociology beginning with micro-economic theory; (2) seminars on applications of rational choice theory in social science; and (3) participation in ongoing research based on this theoretical perspective.

Graduate Study in the Sociology of Culture and Religion at Chicago: Students pursuing religious or cultural studies from a sociological vantage point find a wealth of courses, workshops, professors, and peers who share their interest at the University of Chicago, which has a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research. Among the topics of particular interest are the sociology of literature and the relationship between cultural and socio-economic dimensions of religious group formation.

Alfred P. Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work: The Alfred P. Sloan Family Center on Parents, Children and Work seeks to examine how working families make investments in time and resources, how these choices are made, the effects these investments have on the quality of relationships in the household, and the resulting socialization of school-age children and adolescents. The Center's work focuses on analyzing existing databases as well as conducting original data collections. The Center conducts intensive interviews with working families to investigate more fully the social and economic contexts that impact family investments and the quality of relationships in both the household and the workplace. It also supports research efforts at all levels through research grants to faculty members, opportunities for participation in local seminars and workshops, and attendance at national professional meetings. The Center is developing a high-quality training program, which will support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Faculty, fellows, and students participate in weekly meetings where they can discuss research activities and present findings on work in progress.

William F. Ogburn/Samuel A. Stouffer Center for the Study of Population and Social Organization: The Ogburn/Stouffer Center incorporates several research programs in sociological demography: (1) Edward Laumann's wobr>rk on the social organization of sexuality; (2) Richard Taub's studies of entrepreneurship in Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods; (3) William Parish's research on family structure and social participation in Taiwan; (4) Kaz Yamaguchi's research into the development of a new group of hazard rate models for analysis of event history data.

Center on Demography and Economics of Aging: The Center on Demography and Economics of Aging, organized as part of the National Opinion Research Center and the University in 1994, brings together researchers from across the University, from other NORC research centers, and from neighboring institutions. Research at the Center on Aging focuses on a set of common themes already being investigated by the center's research associates and affiliates: the biodemography of aging, the historical economics of aging, inter-generational transfers, health and disability, retirement, and minority issues.

Data Research and Development Center: The Data Research and Development Center (DRDC) conducts research to improve understanding of the conditions under which educational interventions that prove to be effective in one setting can or cannot be extended to larger or more diverse populations. DRDC also supports investigators carrying out research across the country as part of the U.S. Federal government's Interagency Education Research Initiative (a collaboration of the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).

Joint Center for Poverty Research: University of Chicago scholars and colleagues at Northwestern have organized an interdisciplinary Joint Center for Poverty Research to study the causes of poverty and the effectiveness of policy to reduce it. The Center, which has received substantial funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on issues such as the changing labor market, family functioning and the well-being of children; teen-age pregnancy; and initiatives to replace welfare with work. Based at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, the Center includes faculty from Sociology, Economics, and the School of Social Service Administration.

Center for Gender Studies: The Center for Gender Studies fosters innovative teaching and research about how conceptions of gender and sexuality shape cultures and societies, institutions, and individual lives. Committed to exploring the connections between sex differences and issues of race, nation, class, and globalization, the Center offers a distinctive model for a new generation of interdisciplinary scholarship. It provides an invaluable common ground where the entire University community -- faculty, staff, and students -- can come together with activists and policymakers to grapple with new ideas and urgent problems -- whether in the workplace, the legal system, the household, or health care.

Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture: Center researchers are committed to moving the study of race well beyond the black/white paradigm that continues to govern most research within the United States. Broadly, the center's research program places the study of race in comparative frameworks that include both other racialized minorities within the United States as well as black (and/or indigenous) populations in Latin America and the Caribbean, African, the Asian Pacific, and Europe.

Center for Health and the Social Sciences: The Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS) exemplifies the University of Chicago's commitment to interdisciplinary research. For more than 75 years, the University has been a leader in fostering interdisciplinary research and training at the interface of health and the social sciences. Founded in 2005, CheSS sponsors regular seminars and workshops throughout the year, and brings to campus national leaders to speak on topics ranging from new drug discovery and regulation to legal and policy issues around national health care reform. In addition, staff is available to help write grants and fundraising proposals, brainstorm and coordinate the launch of new research initiatives and projects, and provide expert research methods consultation during both formative and operational phases of work.

The University of Chicago Urban Network: The University of Chicago Urban Network, a faculty-led initiative of scholars and organizations concerned with urban questions, is devoted to spurring innovation in urban research and improving communication among individuals and organizations in urban research and policy. The Urban Network aims to be a hub for faculty, students, policy makers, and others interested in urban social science, broadly defined, across disciplines and institutions. Its main projects are the Urban Portal (, an online gateway to the latest research, events, and resources in urban social science, and the University of Chicago Urban Forums, an annual conference series highlighting significant research in the field.