The Family Specialization
Penn State offers the largest and most comprehensive family sociology program in the country and is home to some of the top scholars in the field. The department offers specialized training in related areas such as demography, child and adolescent development, race and ethnicity, stratification, and education. Faculty members are eager to work one-on-one with graduate students. Student to faculty ratio is about 2:1.
Penn State is the site of the National Symposium on Family Issues, a landmark event each year in the ongoing study of families. Two hundred scholars and policy experts attend the two-day symposium to consider a theme of multidisciplinary interest. Students are exposed to some of the most important issues in the field and become better scholars and practitioners by learning about the dimensions and complexity of problems facing families.
The Sociology Department guarantees five years of funding for students making satisfactory progress. The Department has a strong record of placing graduates in excellent academic and research positions. An engaged faculty placement committee helps students locate and prepare for jobs.
- Biosocial Perspectives on the Family
- Demography of the Life Course
- Family Disorganization
- Family Demography
- Family Sociology
- Human Fertility
- Social Gerontology
- Sociology of Aging