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Department of Sociology

About Us 2


Cambridge has a strong and vibrant tradition of teaching and research in sociology. For many years, sociology in Cambridge has been practised and taught in connection with other disciplines – we have particularly strong connections with politics, psychology, anthropology, economics, and history and, most recently, criminology.

In 1968 the University established a Social and Political Sciences Committee which brought together sociology, politics and social psychology into a single administrative unit.  In 1986 the SPS Committee became a fully-fledged Faculty of Social and Political Sciences which offered a one-year Part I and a two-year Part II. The formal establishment of the Department of Sociology dates from January 2004, when the Faculty was divided into three Departments. This lead to the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science (HSPS). While Cambridge sociology has always existed within an interdisciplinary context, it has also maintained a distinctive profile as a centre of excellence for outstanding work in social theory and empirical sociological research.

We offer a unique environment in which to study sociology, either on its own or in combination with other disciplines, and to pursue sociological research at the cutting edge of the discipline. You can find out more about the history of our department on the anniversary conference website.