Faculty, students, and staff in the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Community and Environmental Sociology are concerned with a wide array of issues from environmental degradation and globalization to sustainability and local food systems. The faculty is made up of an interdisciplinary group trained in fields ranging from sociology to science and technology studies and environmental studies. We are an engaged group whose work, while theoretically informed, is often directed at intervening in and affecting real-life situations. Our graduate program is equally dynamic and is offered jointly with the UW’s Department of Sociology.
The issues discussed in Community and Environmental Sociology classes can also be applied outside of the classroom. In the video below, alumni, students, and faculty from the department discuss their passions and how the major has helped them make a difference.
The Undergraduate Program connects students with globally esteemed faculty, a wide range of intimate and interactive courses, and a tight-knit community of scholars passionate about understanding and developing solutions to our social and environmental problems. C&E Soc also offers a certificate in Food Systems open to any major.
The Department of Sociology and the Department of Community & Environmental Sociology jointly conduct the graduate program.
Research is an integral part of studying people and the environment and C&E Soc students are encouraged to pursue their research interests. Students may join the existing labs supported by the department or conduct independent research through the guidance of faculty.
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C&E Soc News & Events
- “What is food sovereignty” lecture by Annie Jones and Nan Enstad on December 4th at 6:00 pm in Memorial Union.Annie Jones and Nan Enstad are sharing their expertise at a guest lecture to answer the question, “What is food sovereignty?” The lecture is on December 4th at Memorial Union in the Langdon Room (4th … Read more
- John Canfield Awarded NRRIG Grad Student Paper AwardJohn Canfield was awarded the NRRIG (Natural Resources Research Interest Group) Graduate Student Paper Award by the Rural Sociological Society for his paper “Saving the Wild or Saving the Cowboy? Cultural Conflict between the Old … Read more
- Professor Katherine Curtis Quoted in Wisconsin Public Radio StoryProfessor Katherine Curtis was recently quoted in a story about climate migration on Wisconsin Public Radio. To read the full article, visit https://www.wpr.org/could-wisconsin-be-climate-haven-great-lakes-region-could-be-attractive-some-effects-are-unclear.
- It’s winter which means, it’s a perfect time for homemade cookies and chocolatey drinks! So bring a friend and stop […]
- December 07 – Weston Roundtable | Sustainable Development Goals and the Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems: The Case of Dairy FarmingSpeaker: Michel Wattiaux, Professor, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, UW–Madison. Co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability and the Global […]
- December 07 – “Cryptotheology, Psychobiography: Transgression in Polish 20th-Century Theatre,” a lecture by Tamara TrojanowskaTamara Trojanowska is Associate Professor of Polish at the University of Toronto, where she directs the Polish Language and Literature […]