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The sociology department is ahead of schedule in its faculty recruitment plan, with six tenured and tenured-track faculty members and three postdoctoral fellows hired within the first two years of the department’s reestablishment.
For over 25 years, no Washington University student has had the choice to major or minor in sociology. Starting this year, that’s about to change.
Washington University has not offered a sociology degree to its students since the department closed in 1991, but that may change as administrators contemplate bringing the major back. As one of the only top universities that don’t offer sociology as a major, Washington University is, for once, behind the curve.
Twenty-three years after being dissolved as a result of ongoing controversy and diminishing size, a sociology department may return to Washington University. As a historically contentious department, it was shut down in 1991 because of its small size and weakened state.
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