Our program in sociology and social anthropology emphasizes interdisciplinary and critical approaches to social issues. The integrated study of the two disciplines fosters an environment that is admittedly conscious of the historicity of social science categories and theories, their meaning in different cultures, and engagement in the practical world.


This program aims to broaden students’ knowledge of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of social structures and processes in a historical-comparative framework. Coursework includes social theory, migration, religion, ethnicity, cultural policies, social movements, globalization, modernity, urban development, and state research.


The Two-Year MA is similar in its orientation and goal to the One-Year Program but it has a stronger research component. One semester is to be devoted to research for a thesis.

Students enrolled in the Two-Year Program have the option to specialize in Global and Urban Studies. This is an innovative and interdisciplinary course of studies that focuses on the relation between global processes and cities particularly on how political, economic and social structures interact on the local, urban and global scale.


Purposes, Goals and Objectives

The purpose of the program is to offer doctoral-level education matching the highest international standards in the fields of Sociology and Social Anthropology for prospective scholars and teachers.

The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology offers a doctoral program accredited by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York (US) for and on behalf of the New York State Education Department.

It does not have separate Sociology and Anthropology tracks; both disciplines are integrated in a common program. Funding is for three years and the dissertation must be defended within five years of passing the Comprehensive Examination.

The department encourages empirical research using a wide variety of methodologies but expects theoretically informed approaches which embrace a broad intellectual agenda. We especially welcome projects that promote the integration of sociological and anthropological perspectives as well as methodologies. The program especially encourages dissertation projects with comparative approaches.