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Research Cluster

The Department is actively engaged in research clusters that address some of society’s most intractable issues and that align with Clemson University’s emphasis areas incorporate:

  • Health
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Social Institutions: Family, Religion, Education
  • Demography
  • Community
  • Global Issues
  • Inequalities/Social Justice: Sex and Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Social Class

Interdisciplinary Connections

Faculty investigate their research questions using a variety of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, including content analysis, historical analysis, in-depth interviews, and secondary data analysis. Faculty often engage in interdisciplinary research, contributing to scholarly efforts across campus and affiliating with other entities on campus including:

  • School of Health Research
  • Center for Watershed Excellence
  • National Dropout Prevention Center
  • Warren Lasch Conservation Center
  • Center for Geospatial Technologies
  • Institute for Engaged Aging

Engaging Students in Research

The department also prides itself on training the next generation of researchers in sociology, anthropology and criminal justice through our undergraduate and graduate programs. Students are often involved in research efforts, as Research Assistants and co-authors. For many students, these initiatives are an important training ground for securing admission to graduate school or finding employment in research organizations.

Did You Know???

The research conducted by departmental faculty has been funded by a variety of agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Lilly Foundation, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, the U.S. Department of Defense, and National Institutes of Mental Health, and Greenville Health System.