What is Sociology?
Sociology in its simplest form is the study of society and social behavior. In a synthesis of theoretical analysis and empirical research, sociology provides a systematic understanding of societies, the organization of social life and the ongoing processes in which social structures constrain social action yet are constantly being recreated and reaffirmed through action…more
Why Study Sociology at the University of Missouri
The Department of Sociology is brought together by a common focus on a broad sociological perspective. Compared to most other graduate programs, we are less specialized and less dogmatic with reference to theoretical orientation, methodological preferences, and substantive interests…more
The First 100 Years of Sociology at the University of Missouri
The Department of Sociology at MU was founded in 1900 with the appointment of Professor Charles Ellwood who became the first chair of the Department. When MU President Richard Jesse, founded the Department of Sociology, he said that a sociology department would not be doing its job if it did not cause trouble. He welcomed the critical role of sociology and expected it from the new department. His expectations were quickly realized. Throughout its history, sociology at Missouri has been distinguished by a critical stance toward the discipline and the larger society along with a pervasive concern with social problems such as social inequality…more