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.

New book examines the rigors of balancing academic science career, family life

Balancing home life with a career in science at a top university is less than idyllic, according to a new book from sociologists Elaine Howard Ecklund and Anne E. Lincoln.

2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Texas Families

Professor Rachel Kimbro was recently featured in WalletHub's piece about the best and worst cities for Texas families. She answers the questions: What are some tips for young families looking for quality public schools and affordable housing in Texas? How can local officials in Texas make their cities more attractive to young families? and Looking just within Texas, to what degree is child development and a family’s quality of life influenced by the city they live in?

Lawmakers might introduce ‘anti-evolution’ legislation to appease religious constituents, researchers theorize

New research from Rice University and West Virginia University theorizes that “anti-evolution” education legislation continues to be introduced because lawmakers want to appease religious constituents, not because they expect the bills to be made into laws.

Drop in childhood obesity cannot be explained by health behaviors

While a reported drop in obesity rates among U.S. children has been heralded as positive news, more work must be done to understand exactly why that drop occurred, according to researchers at Rice and Temple universities.