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For a list of Bobby and Lydia’s upcoming office hours, click here!

FYI: The Sociology Department will have limited appointment and drop-in hours the week of March 14-18th (Spring Break). To meet with an advisor during this time, please call 612-624-4300.

Sociology Professor in the News

Here is an article in the New York times about Professor Phyllis Moen and her work. We are fortunate and very proud to have you as a member of our community, Phyllis!

Rethinking the Work-Life Equation


Job Opportunities

Human Resources Recruiter- Hennepin County Human Resources

The Hennepin County Human Resources Department (HR) seeks a creative and dynamic individual who is committed to recruiting the best candidates for the changing needs of the county.   As a member of the Workforce Development team, this position requires a proactive approach to attract candidates for positions at all levels across the organization and the ability to lead strategic employment branding and marketing initiatives for the county.

 Best Qualified Candidates will have:

  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in human resources, business administration, public administration, psychology, sociology, marketing, communications, and/or a closely related field.
    • Associate’s degree in one of the above fields and two years or more of HR or related work experience.
  • Experience:
    • Utilizing social media for recruitment and to reach targeted populations.
    • Implementing and managing a successful employment marketing and brand strategy.
    • Developing promotional materials.
    • Developing and implementing recruitment strategies.
    • Engaging with diverse communities.
  • Project management skills.
  • Advanced skill with software programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint, PeopleSoft, Outlook and applicant tracking systems.
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to:
    • Communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences.
    • Develop and maintain effective business and community relationships.
    • Keep multiple projects organized and moving forward simultaneously.
    • Manage recruitment responsibilities through a team process effectively.
    • Introduce emerging technology related to recruitment and marketing and serve as a technical lead on projects.

Hennepin County is well known for their employee top notch benefits which includes: a comprehensive health and wellness package, employee discounts, PERA (a defined benefit retirement plan), saving plans, various insurance protection, family benefits, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave, and much more.

To view the complete posting online and access the online application process, visit by 5 pm, Friday, March 11, 2016.


Employer site visit: Be the Match

April 1st, 2016
12:30pm – 3:30pm
Transportation provided
Cost: FREE! – Register on GoldPASS to reserve a seat!
This is an excellent event for CLA students interested in learning more about nonprofit, philanthropy, advancing research, and optimizing technology. You’ll get an up-close look at Be The Match and learn about different career opportunities for liberal arts graduates. During the visit, you’ll meet employees, learn about the organization and career options, and get a tour. Be The Match regularly has full-time, internship, and volunteer positions available in a broad range of areas including communications, marketing, research, human resources, and technology, among others.

For more information search the ‘Career Fairs/Events’ section on GoldPASS. (Event ID: 2892)


Sociological Undergrad Research Fellowship

This fellowship is intended for Sociology majors who are conducting or proposing to conduct research on social problems or solutions to social problems. This is an award for up to $500 to be applied toward books and tuition during the Summer or Fall 2016 semester.

Application and other information: ApplforSURF2016(2)


Fulbright Scholarships

Spend a Post- graduation year abroad with a Fulbright Scholarship!

Fulbright supports Americans for one year of study, research, creative work, or English teaching abroad. Over 100 countries participate; over 1000 Fulbright Scholarships are awarded annually to Americans.

For more information: Fulbright Flyer 2016-17


Human Rights Program

unnamed.gifThe Human Rights Program has extended its deadline to apply for summer 2016 human rights internship funding to March 22, 2016. 


Undergraduates at the University of Minnesota are welcome to apply for a scholarship of up to $4,000 to support their work in a local, national, or international human-rights-related internship this upcoming summer. To be eligible for this award, students should have an internship in place, including a tentative schedule and budget of expenses (i.e., rent, transportation, etc.).
Students interested in this exciting opportunity can download anapplication from our website. Application materials should be submitted to the Human Rights Program office (214 Social Sciences Building). Please contact the Program Coordinator, Rochelle Hammer, at or 612-626-7947 with any questions.



Call for Undergraduate Research Abstracts

The 8th Annual Symposium is now accepting applications with a preference for undergraduate students who have conducted sociological research. The research does not strictly have to be in the field of sociology, as long as it builds upon the theme for this year: “Mechanisms of Power: Examining Tools of Social Change in the New Millennium.”

Our event this year will be be held on Friday, April 8th, 2016 at the International House and on UC Berkeley’s campus in Berkeley, CA. Our Keynote Speaker will be UC Berkeley’s own Dr. Daniel Schneider. While the conference is held in Berkeley, we encourage students from any university, college, or community college to apply. Unfortunately we cannot provide funding for travel or lodging.

The application for presenters is due by Monday, March 7th at 11:59pm PST:

Alternatively, you can register to attend at the symposium at this link:



Terra Populus Workshop

Terra Populus Project Workshop Wednesday, March 23, 12:00-1:30pm 1114 Social Sciences This is a brownbag. Please bring your lunch! Activities, exercises, and training will be provided. Please bring your laptop!

On Wednesday, March 23, from 12:00-1:30pm, members of the Minnesota Population Center’s Terra Populus Project (—an NSF funded project that integrates worldwide climate, land cover, and population data—will be introducing interested users to their new and improved interface for accessing, exploring, and visualizing their data.

The first 45 minutes of this brownbag (yes, please bring your lunch!) will consist of an introduction, overview, and Q&A. The last 45 minutes will consist of hands-on activities, exercises, and training (so, please also bring your laptop!).

Sociology faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students are welcome attend. Please use this form to RSVP to Jack DeWaard by Friday, March 11.


International Researcher Series
March 9th, 2016

Skills for Health Research in Low and Middle Income Countries: Household and Survey-Based Research will be the focus for the second installment of the International Researcher Series. To aid those undertaking global health research outside of clinical settings avoid pitfalls and gather high-quality data, Dr. Benjamin Capistrant from the School of Public Health will share tools and lessons learned from his field work in Malawi and India.

Learn more and RSVP.

Upcoming News and Events

Careers in Law Fair

University Student Legal Service is hosting an upcoming event that would be of interested to  Sociology majors/ minors. On March 9, in partnership with CLA Career Services, we will host our annual Careers in Law Fair, in Willey Hall, from 11:30am to 2:30pm. We have over fifty confirmed exhibitors for this tabling event, including seventeen law schools, six congressional offices, non-profits, government agencies (FBI, police departments), LSAT test prep companies, and more!

For more information:


Should I Go to Law School?

March 3 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
March 22 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
411 Bruininks Hall
This workshop is for any U of M student considering law school.
Learn More!



The Humphrey School virtual Open House

The Humphrey School and over 30 of the top graduate programs from across the globe will be participating in the Foreign Affairs Open House virtual graduate school fair on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 7am to 1pm (CST). Please share with any of your students who are interested in a graduate degree and considering areas of:

  • Public Policy
  • International Affairs
  • International Development
  • Global Policy
  • Public Affairs
  • International Human Rights

Students can register for free at

MAASU Conference

10151356_1047467165294571_397058105136115818_nYou are invited to the Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU) Spring Conference,Generation A: From (His)tory to Your Story, on April 15-16, 2016 at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Through engaging workshops, speakers, and cultural performances, you will leave the conference deeper in thought and knowledge about your individual identity and experiences as well as those of your peers, colleagues, and community.

This conference is open to ALL, register today:
For any questions, please email or ‘Like’ us on FaceBook.

SEED Awards

SEED Award 2016.jpgThe Office for Equity and Diversity’s Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards program honors and acknowledges students from diverse backgrounds who are doing outstanding work at the University of Minnesota, both in and out of the classroom.

The 2016-2017 SEED Award applications are available! Obtain application information for the award. Awards range from $1000-$3000. The application deadline for the award is Friday, April 1, 2016 by 4:30 p.m. Students should follow the application instructions on the respective forms.


The 2016-2017 SEED Awards will be presented to students at the University of Minnesota’s annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast in November.


Study Abroad in Stratsburg, France

This engaging and interactive summer study abroad program combines classroom instruction with high profile guest lectures, visits and excursions, as well as practical training elements in the area of goal finding, human rights, mediation, dispute resolution, social responsibility/peace building, and intercultural negotiation skills to prepare students for their future careers goals to become leaders in a globalized world.

For more information: intercultural-leadership-program-strasbourgSU16-2 (6)