Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Tsinghua University was established in 1926. Many of the founding fathers of Chinese sociology either taught or studied in the Department, whose works have inspired generations of young students. Unfortunately, Tsinghua Sociology was shut down during the government’s reshuffle of academic disciplines in 1952. It was not until the year of 2000 that the Department was formally rebuilt.

Since its restoration, the Department has made great progress in both teaching and research. It has emerged as one of the top sociology programs in China with an excellent reputation worldwide. The Department now offers a wide range of curriculum, and provides undergraduate and graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) programs as well as research opportunities for postdoctoral fellows.

The Department has 16 full-time faculty members, including twelve professors and four associate professors. The faculty’s research areas include urban sociology, medical sociology, sociology of social transition, sociology of law, and social anthropology. In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in social network and big data research in the Department. The faculty have won numerous awards and recognition for their scholarship, being honored by the Across Century Talent Program of the Ministry of Education, the New Century Talent Program of the Ministry of Education, Changjiang Scholar Program.
The Department publishes a series of textbooks called Tsinghua Sociological Textbook, which is an attempt to publish sociological textbooks written by first-rate scholars and to promote interdisciplinary communication. The Department also publishes Tsinghua Sociological Review, a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research and innovative critical commentary on current debates within sociology.

Facing the myriad issues of a fast-changing Chinese society, the Department is devoted to two primary tasks. One is to conduct sociological research with practical significance and to equip students with scientific rigor and sociological imagination. Second, the Department aims to tackle the specific problems of China in a globalizing world and to make contributions to general sociological theories.

The current Department head is Dr. Tianfu Wang. The associate head is Dr. Jun Jin.