American Sociological Association

Section on Evolution, Biology, and Society

Grad Programs

Graduate Degrees in Evolution, Biology, & Society

University of California at Riverside
has a specialization in Evolutionary Sociology in its Sociology graduate program. This specialization views evolution in its broadest sense, including: (1) the long-term evolution of societies and inter-societal systems, (2) human ecology, (3) the biological basis of human behavior, interaction, and organization; and (3) the comparative analysis of human and non-human primates. Students who enter the graduate program will be able to specialize in these three areas, but all must initially acquire knowledge of the full range of evolutionary dynamics affecting human behavior, interaction, and social organization. Core scholars at UCR participating in the new specialization are Christopher Chase-Dunn, Steven K. Sanderson, Alexandra Maryanski, and Jonathan Turner.

Northwestern University
has an interdisciplinary graduate training cluster in Society, Biology, and Health, which offers a series of course in integrative health study across Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology. Students apply to participate in the cluster sometime after their first year of study in one of the participating disciplines.

The Pennsylvania State University Dual Degree Graduate Training Program in Demography
has as one of it specialties Biobehavioral Processes and Family Demography. The Dual Degree Program provides graduate students in Sociology, Human Development and Family Studies, and five other departments the opportunity to obtain a dual degree in their home department and family demography. Approximately 60 trainees are enrolled annually. In addition to the regular curriculum requirements, some cross training must be completed in biobehavioral processes or developmental processes. The biobehavioral segment requires two courses from the following: Biosocial Perspectives on the Family, Biobehavioral Systems in Health and Development, Developmental Behavioral Genetics, or Quantitative Genetics and Aging.